Food Truck Regulations in Columbus
May 20, 2013 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm #527723
The lottery program in Boston has been pretty effective. Personally with Columbus weather I don’t see that great of a threat to downtown restaurants. Sure I would occasionaly grab a quick bite at a food truck, but the alternate to that is often eating at my desk.May 20, 2013 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #527724
This discussion has been great.
The response of food trucks this past weekend to the sign up and inspection (10 total, many that were not food trucks) seems to indicate that the pilot program needs some more work to be a good pilot.
The lottery system for Food Carts works decently enough and could be a model. That lottery covers three areas: Arena District, Brewery District and the Courthouse.
In Austin, food trucks helped drive traffic to underserved areas of the city and at hours and places where B&M’s were not presemt or not open (later hours, Sundays, etc.).
There is a happy medium. I am sure this can be found.May 20, 2013 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm #527725
The lottery program in Boston has been pretty effective. Personally with Columbus weather I don’t see that great of a threat to downtown restaurants. Sure I would occasionaly grab a quick bite at a food truck, but the alternate to that is often eating at my desk.
Sure, as a customer, it’s great to have options.
Talk to most any brick and mortar business and they’ll tell you a different story.May 20, 2013 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm #527726
Since food trucks have been growing in most large cities over the last decade I am wondering if there is actual data on what ‘damage’ they have caused to b&m restaurants? Obviously there is a fear of unfair competition but how real is this fear? Are there other benefits to having food trucks, like driving more traffic to the sidewalks (which might help retail) instead of bag lunches in the office? Do people headed to a food truck take note of a cafe or store on the way? I personally think the key to a vibrant downtown is getting more people wandering around outside and the ones that do might really start to like it and start sticking around a little longer.May 20, 2013 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #527727
Sometimes I think the restaurants want to be at Easton or some other mall where competition is regulated.May 20, 2013 6:22 pm at 6:22 pm #527728
Sometimes I think the restaurants want to be at Easton or some other mall where competition is regulated.
Seems more that mobile food trucks want the benefits of city-provided fixed locations in prime areas, without having to make the investments or commitments that a restaurant has to in the same area.May 20, 2013 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #527729
I personally think the key to a vibrant downtown is getting more people wandering around outside and the ones that do might really start to like it and start sticking around a little longer.
True. And as I said earlier, I think there’s a happy medium in there somewhere. Food trucks used strategically can be a good thing.May 20, 2013 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm #527730
nmMay 20, 2013 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm #527731
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A possible solution is restricted hours for the spots where there may be a lot of b&m restaurants but no restrictions for more food desert type of locations. An instance like Gallery Hop, a truck can only do business from 10pm to 2am. Most restaurants aren’t open and it will not effect bars. Seems like the bars that have food stop serving by 10 pm to focus on drink service that produces better profit margins than food anyway.June 3, 2013 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #527732
The “Mainstream Media” seems to keep implying that food trucks aren’t regulated.
“Unhappiness by food truck owners over proposed rules may thwart efforts by Columbus to regulate the fast-growing industry.”June 5, 2013 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm #527733
Columbus Struggles With Food Truck Regulations
June 3, 2013
by The Associated Press
Unhappiness by food truck owners over proposed rules may thwart efforts by Columbus to regulate the fast-growing industry.
June 11, 2013 1:47 pm at 1:47 pm #527734
Young U.S. Food Trucks Hitting Road Bumps
By Gabrielle Karol
Published June 10, 2013
Food truck pilot programs are hitting bumps in the road across the U.S., most recently in the cities of Columbus and Boulder. Some blame a lack of communication between city officials and stakeholders for causing the programs to stall out; while others say the programs are a good start — but have a long road ahead. Meanwhile, some cities are considering whether to add more regulatory-tape for the mobile kitchens, as brick-and-mortar restaurant owners complain about their upstart competitors.
READ MORE: http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2013/06/10/young-us-food-trucks-hitting-road-bumps/June 11, 2013 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #527735
Columbus City Council Approves Food Truck Program
June 11, 2013
by The Associated Press
Columbus City Council has decided to let food trucks operate from specified public parking spaces under a pilot program as officials look to regulate that growing segment of food service.
READ MORE: http://wosu.org/2012/news/2013/06/11/columbus-city-council-approves-food-truck-program/June 11, 2013 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm #527736
That is disappointing. I think the complaints were valid and this sounds like a half hearted attempt to make a change.June 11, 2013 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm #527737
What’s disappointing? They now have public parking spaces to set up in, which they did not have before.
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