retail news in context, analysis with attitude

The Chicago Tribune reports that the City Council there has voted 45-1 to approve a measure to expand food truck offerings.

According to the story, "the ordinance would allow cooking aboard trucks, longer operational hours and special food truck stands in busy neighborhoods. Last-minute changes last week included banning operation between 2 and 5 a.m. rather than allowing 24-hour service and prohibiting operation in vacant lots even with the property owner's permission.

"The main objection of food truck advocates is a requirement that the trucks stay 200 feet away from restaurants, except in certain locations. Beth Kregor, director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago, said last week that the rule gives special protection to restaurants at the expense of trucks."
KC's View:
I didn't have much experience with food trucks before coming to Portland a month ago, but now I can really see both sides of this issue. I think that restaurant owners have every right to push for rules that restrict how close they can be to their locations; that just seems fair. But I also think that food trucks can add a sense of entrepreneurial vigor and culinary adventure to a city, and I've really enjoyed them. So a balance has to be found ... which seems to be what has happened in Chicago.