Oakland’s neighbor, Emeryville, cracks down on food trucks
on September 16, 2010
Many of the food trucks we see cruising around Oakland, like Jon’s Street Eats and Seoul on Wheels, post up in Emeryville during the lunch rush. In addition to being full of office parks with lots of hungry customers, Emeryville also has a streamlined permitting process that makes it easier for these mobile restaurants to park, cook and serve. But this may all change.
According to an article in SF Weekly’s SFoodie blog, the Emeryville City Council is looking at tightening its rules. SFoodie Editor John Birdsall writes, “Fueled by complaints of unfair competition by brick-and-mortar restaurants, Emeryville’s City Council has agreed to look at the city’s mobile catering ordinance ― last amended in 1988 ― to protect brick-and-mortar eateries from what certain business owners are alleging is unfair competition.”
The Emeryville City Council is creating a task force to review current mobile food rules and make recommendations about possible vending restrictions. The task force members will be announced during the council’s September 21 meeting.
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