Friday, September 9, 2011

Food truck restrictions eased, whole world changes in the blink of an eye

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM

The Atlanta City Council this week gave food truck vendors — and their customers — a boost by easing some rules on the growing industry.

Before the ordinance, says Greg Smith, president of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, food trucks were only allowed to operate in the one location listed on their permit or restricted to special events or festivals. They were also restricted to keep 1,500 feet away from businesses selling similar goods.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman Kwanza Hall reduced that buffer zone to 200 feet, which Smith sees as an important step toward growing the food truck industry. Vendors will still be required, however, to stay on private property.

Hall, who represents such neighborhoods as Old Fourth Ward, downtown and Castleberry Hill, has been making the rounds to celebrate with food truck owners. Wow! Food Truck even named a dish in his honor. He'll be at Atlantic Station today starting at noon to do the same.

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