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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 3 months 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 3 months 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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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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Pontus de Verdier about 1 month ago

I would like to see them everywhere. Most of Edina is underserved. I see no reason to regulate. Food truck operators would seek out areas where there is a customer base large enough to support their operation.

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Michael Sullivan about 1 month ago

on Sunday's a great spot would be the U.S bank parking lot by 50th and France.

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Lee McGrath about 1 month ago

a. Generally, cities prohibit food trucks from operating in residential areas. Outside of that prohibition, food trucks should largely be freed to roam through the commercial and industrial areas of Edina, including businesses centers and city parks. A location should be off-limits to food trucks only if there is actual evidence that vending from that location would pose a real health or safety issue. Otherwise, Edina should let food trucks go to where Edina’s hungry residents want them the most.

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