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Uh Oh, are BIDs Trying to Kill Food Trucks in DC?

by Prince Of Petworth August 19, 2010 at 9:30 am 57 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

It seems like every couple of days we’re hearing about a new food truck coming to DC. Could their days be numbered? Curbside Cupcakes mentions that some BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) are looking to put a stop to their success. They don’t mention which specific BIDs are behind the campaign.

A readers sends in a link to a plea from Curbside Cupcake’s Facebook page:

Dear Nation,

We need your help! Some local merchants and B.I.D’s are lobbying the City Council to limit or kill mobile food trucks in Washington, DC. They want change the law to stop us from being able to operate in DC. No more cupcake bliss right to your curb!!

In this fight, food trucks like Curbside Cupcakes, Fojol, DC Slices, Sauca, are the little guy and we need your help. Strong lobbying interests are working against us. We need to show City Council that DC wants a diverse base of vending options. Mobile trucks like Curbside Cupcakes and others are reaching out to you our friends, followers and families to help us so we can keep bringing you your cupcakes. Otherwise we could get shut down and shut out by larger interests, that have more money, power and influence than we do.

Will you please join our email campaign? DCRA is helping us by collecting comments on the new legislation. We need to collect as many emails in support of us as possible.

[email protected]

Heres a draft of what it could say:

Subject: I Support Title 24 Chapter 5

Dear City Council,

I am a customer of Curbside Cupcakes and I am writing to support the current proposed DCRA regulation Title 24 Chapter 5 that will allow mobile vendors to stay in DC and continue offering more choices and value. Please do not allow the introduction of any discriminatory language into these regulations. Please pass the regulations as written and protect the diverse vending options in the city.

Thank you,

Since food trucks have reached such a large following, it is not terribly surprising to hear some traditional lunch providers may be a bit upset. Think there is any possibility of successful legislation being passed to limit or kill food trucks in DC?

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