Washington, DC: Food Trucks Return to L’Enfant

Several food trucks are parked outside the FAA building on D Street SW on Thursday. (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

By Luz Lazo  |  The Washington Post

Several food trucks are parked outside the FAA building on D Street SW on Thursday. (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)
Several food trucks are parked outside the FAA building on D Street SW on Thursday. (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

Several local food trucks parked on C Street SW in front of L’Enfant Plaza on Thursday, preparing to serve the returning federal workers.

“We have a lot of loyal customers in this spot, and we know they weren’t here,” said Christopher Lee of Cirque Cuisine, a food truck that sells wraps, snacks, salads and organic gourmet foods. “We are looking forward to reconnecting with them.”

The food truck vendors felt the pinch of the government shutdown in the past two weeks as many of them depend on the federal workers to keep their businesses afloat.

Lee said with the government closed, the food trucks competed more at locations with more private sector workers. Areas like L’Enfant Plaza, home to the Federal Aviation Administration, Smithsonian offices, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies, were deserted in the past two weeks, so business was noticeably down, he said.

Justin Vitarello of Fojol Brothers said he was trying new spots in the city to find customers, but Thursday was back at L’Enfant hoping for business to return to normal.

“A lot of people showed up at the same spot, and it got too competitive,” said Vitarello.

Christopher Lee of Cirque Cuisine decides to take advantage of the shutdown end by parking his food truck near the FAA building on D Street SW in Washington.(Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)
Christopher Lee of Cirque Cuisine decides to take advantage of the shutdown end by parking his food truck near the FAA building on D Street SW in Washington.(Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

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