Discussion: Food Trucks

In 2014, Edina City Council amended City ordinance to allow food trucks in Edina as long as they are an accessory to a taproom, winery, distillery, cocktail room or part of an event, such as a tournament or art fair, with prior approval from the City. However, other cities, including Minneapolis, allow food trucks to park around and serve the community more freely, but with limitations.

Should there be protection in place for brick-and-mortar businesses against mobile food trucks? If so, what?

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Lou Miranda 22 days ago

There might be some concern that a food truck could visually block a sign or entrance to a restaurant, or annoy outdoor seating customers by having a loud truck nearby. But I haven't heard of any such shenanigans in Minneapolis. Why write some complicated ordinance if there's no suggestion that problems will exist?

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Anne Kaminsen 14 days ago

I'm a bit puzzled as to what exactly they would need protection from, other than potentially increased competition for customers. In which case the retaurant could open up their own food truck...

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Bill Strait at June 12, 2017 at 9:25am CDT

Yeah, let the market deal with this. Business don't have to allow food trucks in their parking lots, and beyond that I don't see why the government should protect business models.

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Shelley Ch at June 12, 2017 at 10:13am CDT

The city should not be the business of protecting existing business from market competition. People in Edina government who think this way don't belong there, in my opinion. We live in a free society - let freedom reign. There are innovative new businesses who need a platform to operate - city residents deserve access to these businesses and the government's job is to keep the city running, not interfere with market competition. In my mind, that includes liquor licensing. A free market is the best economic friend of the people.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen at June 20, 2017 at 7:45pm CDT

We also live in Winter for a good share of the year. It will seem like even a longer season, if we have less brick-and-mortar restaurants to congregate in.
Is the food truck business seasonal?

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