Duluth City Council Passes Restrictions on Food Trucks

Posted at: 05/13/2013 9:37 PM | Updated at: 05/13/2013 10:59 PM
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

The Duluth City Council took up the issue of mobile food vendors, or food trucks, in their meeting Monday night. An ordinance spearheaded by Councilor Emily Larson, with help from the Greater Downtown Council, and mobile food vendors, passed unanimously.

The ordinance increases restrictions on food trucks and ups the price of permits to operate one. But despite those measures, mobile food vendors supported the move.

"It kind of legitimizes our presence in the city of Duluth," said Jonathon Reznick owner/operator of the Rambler, a local food truck. "It also sets rules and regulations that makes everybody in the community happy; us as food truck operators and also bricks and mortar restaurants."

The price of operation for mobile food trucks will go from $50 to $475. Also, food trucks now cannot operate within 200 feet of an open restaurant.

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