Chicago City Council Approves Food Truck Ordinance

Chicago City Council approved an ordinance would allow cooking aboard trucks, longer operational hours and special food truck stands in busy neighborhoods, 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, according to The Chicago Tribune. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: Mayor Emanuel astutely recognized that food trucks are playing a bigger role in convenience foodservice and he wisely opted not to fully cave in to pressure from the powerful downtown restaurants, although he didn’t ignore their concerns completely.

In adopting a compromise, the city accommodates the needs of both food trucks and brick and mortar restaurants, and, more importantly, serves the consumer.

Food trucks are the fastest growing foodservice channel. Their key equity is convenience, presenting a bold new challenge to both convenience stores and vending machines. 07-27-12 By Elliot Maras