This is just an obvious example of established interests using city hall to take out the competition.
Food trucks are great. They can provide good and often interesting food quickly and with little fuss. One can get a high quality meal more quickly and at even a lower price than one could get at Wendy’s or Burger King in many places. Believe it or not DC is actually one of those places and I stop by the gathering of trucks outside of Metrocenter now and then. I like food trucks. A lot. Sunny cool day + gourmet tacos is a good time.
But in some places the less nimble restaurants, those tethered to a piece of real estate, have tried to regulate away these new rolling eateries. That is a shame. Times have changed. The old restaurants need to adapt, not run to the cronies.
(From My San Antonio)
For over a decade, San Antonio has shut down food trucks such as El Bandera Jalisco for operating within 300 feet of a restaurant or other business that serves food, such as a grocery or convenience store. The law applies even if food trucks operate on private property. These 300-foot “no-vending” zones serve only one purpose: to protect San Antonio’s nearly 5,000 restaurants from competition.
Unsurprisingly, this shortsighted protectionist law has made it very difficult for entrepreneurs like Rafael and many others to open and operate food trucks in San Antonio. Austin, on the other hand, has a vibrant food-truck community. Indeed, there are three times as many food trucks per capita roaming the streets of Austin as there are in San Antonio.
No one should need a competitor’s permission to run a business. The government should not use its power to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.