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Should Food Trucks Be Allowed Statewide?

Chicago just issued its first license allowing people to cook and sell items on food trucks. Patch wants to know if a similar law should be approved statewide? Tell us in the comment section below.

The Chicago City Council recently issued its first “on-board” cooking license to Dan Salls, owner of the Salsa Truck, the Chicago Tribune reported. 

While mobile dining has been around in the U.S. since the 1600s, the idea has gained in popularity in recent years, with shows like The Great Food Truck Race, and the prestigious Zagat guide starting to review food trucks in 2011, according to Mobile-Cusine.com. 

Food trucks are allowed in some Chicago suburbs, such as Evanston, but not in all communities. 

Patch wants to know: Should food trucks be allowed statewide? Tell us in the comment section below.

The City of Evanston passed a food truck ordinance in 2010, which allows businesses with a physical restaurant within city limits to apply for a food vehicle vendors’ license. A judge recently sided with the City of Evanston in a dispute with Chicago-based food truck Beavers Coffee and Donuts, which argued the city’s policy is unconstitutional because it discriminated against businesses that were not Evanston-based, the Daily Northwestern reported. 

Along the North Shore, the City of Highland Park is also considering allowing food trucks after receiving more than 25 permit requests in 2012. By comparison, the Village of Deerfield reports getting only two inquiries last year, so it's not a big issue yet. 

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TAKH February 04, 2013 at 02:41 PM
I think each community should decide for itself, but I disagree with the ruling that said it is ok to say no to vendors that don't have a brick and mortar shop in the city.
JM February 04, 2013 at 02:59 PM
As long as they are inspected/licensed and have permission from property owners to park on their property, I think they should absolutely be allowed. They provide a fun alternative to takeout.
E. Moran February 04, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I have frequented food trucks in other cities in the US and LOVE them. As long as they are licensed and inspected, I don't see the need to require a physical building. Bring them on!
Silvia February 04, 2013 at 08:17 PM
They should, legally of course. I love food trucks, many have inventive cooks and it is fun to eat outside!
Ross F. Firestone February 04, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Licensed and inspected food trucks statewide are a great idea. They should be allowed to park in any place parking, and not just food truck parking, is legal. They should be encouraged. Ross, Glencoe
Merrill Medansky February 07, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Talented and entrepreneurial cooks can use food trucks as a feasibility test before taking the big risk of opening an actual restaurant. They can assess markets to determine the ideal one for a location. Economic growth in the US has always started with small businesses. As long as the trucks meet licensing and inspection standards and are positioned for their own safety as well as patrons, we should provide them the opportunity.
Laura Burrell September 09, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Operating a Food Truck is operating a business. Yes, of course, one should be able to operate a truck in any city in Illinois and elsewhere. Food Trucks are a Great Way to Open a Restaurant without the overhead, and offers a Great way to make money. Mobile Food Trucks with Great planning, a well thought out menu, long hours and hard work can be very successful. There are many food trucks making over $200 – 300k per year. Remember this is a Restaurant-on wheels. The advantage is if your location is not successful, you can pick up and move!!! Some people believe it is an easy buck, but this can be a risky business. Food Trucks and Restaurants have a high failure rate within the first 24 months. Again, with creativity in the menu, GREAT MARKETING, and Hard-work – One can be very successfully, Financially. For Information on Getting Mobile and Financing Please call for a free consultation on pricing regulations, locating markets, social media, and menu preparation and Rashid’s is offering amazing pricing on Food Trucks in September, 2013. Laura Burrell Mobile Food Consultant Rashid’s Quality Manufacturing http://www.rashidsshop.com(email for additional pics-site under construction foodtrucksforsale@gmail.com 267-738-1656

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