The War on Food Trucks

I love food trucks. Where I live—Virginia—they have been carefully regulated away. However in other places, this very efficient method for the creation of good fresh food, and profits, still exists. Of all places California has a robust food truck fleet and I partake when I am out there.

But the old school restaurants are not keen on the trucks. The restaurants have to pay property taxes, and unlike the food trucks, they can’t move from place to place—where the people are. Food trucks are also fast, which is what people want on their lunch hour. Even McDonalds is slow compared to most food trucks.

Because the market has shifted and a new business model, with much lower overhead, has emerged, vested interests around the country have moved to rein in the food trucks by using government.

In Chicago for instance one can only do business from a food truck if one is 200 feet from any restaurant. In Downtown Chicago this simply cannot be done.

In Amherst New York they ran Lloyd’s Tacos out of town all together.

The war on low overhead food establishments is the main reason why those silly stories about lemonade stands run by children being shut down due to lack of permits popped up over the summer. Not that the lemonade stands are a threat, it is the “grown up” version of lemonade stands, the food truck, that restaurants are afraid of.

And they should be afraid. Food trucks make a lot of sense for nearly everyone but the owner of a restaurant. Sorry, but markets change.  Restricting access to a service most people want just to favor an entrenched interest is unfair to both the entrepreneur and the taco eating public.

Or hot dog eating public, as is the case below.