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.

If food trucks were allowed to operate independent of an event, should they be restricted to certain areas of the city? Where would you like to see them?

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Lou Miranda 22 days ago

It doesn't make any business sense for a food truck to be in a neighborhood of single family homes, since there aren't enough people to justify having a food truck there. So I don't think Edinans need to worry about that.

Food trucks would seem to naturally go where the people are: at parks or neighborhood commercial "nodes" (like 44th & France, Grandview, Southdale area, Cahill & 70th, etc.). It would also be great to have them near the new Nine Mile Creek Trail: how nice would it be to get hot food or a cold drink or ice cream while taking a walk or bike ride on the trail?!

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Lou Miranda 22 days ago

Food trucks shouldn't be banned from retail nodes, even if there are existing restaurants there, because people go where more food variety exists. Think of Eat Street (Nicollet Ave.) in Minneapolis: are any restaurants complaining that there are too many eating establishments? And food trucks, serving eat-on-the-go food, don't really compete with sit-down restaurants, anyway.

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Shelley Ch at June 12, 2017 at 10:17am CDT

Let the food trucks go where they can make money, ie make enough sales. They will figure it out. If a problem develops, then the city can look into it. Until then, there's no problem, and the city has no need to make restrictions.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen at June 20, 2017 at 7:33pm CDT

One of the more contentious areas of sales will be around our schools, not only for the issue of nutrition for the students, but also for the food service company which contracts with the school district. Who decides whether the companies are allowed on school grounds, or must they sell from the perimeter?

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