Food Trucks Get Trial Period in Alexandria

MAY 2014 UPDATE: The Alexandria City Council greenlighted a 16-month trial period for food trucks in the city’s parks, parking lots, schools and driveways.  However, food trucks still aren’t allowed to sell curbside during the trial period.

The Father of Our Country wouldn't approve. Food trucks are banned in Alexandria, Virginia. And not just on public property − food trucks are forbidden from operating on private property, even with the permission of the owner. Construction sites and special events are the only exceptions to the ban.

The Institute for Justice is working with the DMV Food Truck Association, a group of more than 75 local food-truck owners, to bring food trucks and the good company that follows to George Washington’s hometown. Hit their website and contact the city council. Let’s free the food trucks in Alexandria!

On a cool day, you can warm yourself up with a bowl of authentic New England clam chowder from Red Hook Lobster Pound, DC.  Fusion style truck TaKorean serves up a delicious combination of Korean flavors with a Mexican twist; BBQ Bus brings comfort food classics to the table; and just take a look at the dozens of flavors delivered straight to you by Curbside Cupcakes – Hungry yet? So is the city council in Alexandria. They’re looking into ways to lift the ban. But the city council needs to hear from you.

To learn more about food trucks in Alexandria, read on:

Food trucks have revolutionized dining in the US. They’re everywhere you look and they offer some of the most inventive flavors on the market. Yet in spite of their nationwide popularity, food trucks are banned in George Washington’s hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. And not just on public property − food trucks are forbidden from operating on private property, even with the permission of the owner. Construction sites and special events are the only exceptions to the ban. It’s really a shame because food trucks offer delicious lunchtime choices, help make communities more vibrant and contribute to the local economy in a big way

Food trucks offer a unique take on lunchtime options. A food truck’s reduced overhead costs allow it to offer freshly prepared meals at prices competitive with quick-service restaurants. By traveling directly to where people are, food trucks offer a level of convenience similar to casual dining chains. Over and over again, talented chefs without enough money to start a restaurant have instead opened a food truck and are offering dishes whose taste and quality are on par with dishes found in fine dining rooms. And because the majority of food trucks are chef owned-and-operated, they offer a kind of personalized and familiar service common in mom-and-pop owned businesses.

View IJ's latest statement to the City Councilpdficon

View IJ's statement to the Alexandria Food Truck Task Force pdficon

 

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