Food Trucks Rule : by Rob Smoke
Rob Smoke is a city side columnist for Boulder Channel 1 news
Food Trucks Rule
Not being completely informed on the topic, I googled “food trucks” and also “food truck rules and regulations” –
TONS of interesting material
Why in the world does Boulder want to effectively prohibit or discourage new food truck businesses?
It can’t be that the local restaurant industry objects, because if they are objecting, they are merely being stupidly reflexive.
The diversity of food choices that food trucks provide make them potential attractions to a neighborhood or event –
thus, even though they might compete with brick and mortar restaurants, they are still desirable neighbors,
particularly if we are talking about trucks bearing some culinary distinction.
In some places, the trucks are only disallowed via objection by a neighboring restaurant, thus it seems
illogical to demand that trucks simply not be located near one.
In some locales food trucks have ridiculous regulations, but in other places those rules are being revamped and redesigned to
encourage this type of business. Food trucks can make unique offerings — cuisine not otherwise found in the city –
if the rules and regulations are such to discourage anyone who might take a shot, you’d think the city would take a closer look at
what rules are actually necessary regarding health and safety issues, and then go a little easier on the broader parameters that
make it either possible or impossible to do business —
if you have a blanket rule against trucks being located near a brick and mortar establishment, you’re making up a rule
that other cities with successful food truck businesses don’t have –
and for what exactly?
I’m trying to comprehend, but alas…
my comments go either unread or unheeded…with no response from anyone except for one person on council who says they disagree –