Monday, November 21, 2011

Columbia, South Carolina Food Trucks Win Victory over Protectionist Restaurant Association

COLUMBIA, SC - "The new guys in the food game were served a victory at Columbia city council Tuesday night.

A nearly two-hour public hearing on proposals by the Columbia Restaurant Association to keep the increasingly popular food trucks from parking too close to traditional restaurants ended with council voting 5-1 to adopt an ordinance drawn up by the city's planning commission that included none of the restaurant association's extreme measures."

In the video above, Scott Hall, owner of Bone-In Artisan Barbeque on Wheels asks, "Is it City Council's job to protect existing restaurants from legal competition? I certainly don't think it is."

HT: Madison Felder


At 11/21/2011 3:31 PM, Blogger Benjamin Cole said...

I hope someday America comes to embrace push-cart vendors of all types.

What better signal to send to citizens than "pay a couple hundred for a cart, roll around town and start your retailing business."

Consumers would benefit from lower prices.

Usually, small-minded city councils, at the behest of local businesses, put the kibosh on street-vending.

Local and state governments in the USA are the worst abusers of commercial freedoms.

And tell me again why we license lawyers? These guys are nothing more than fancy clerks.


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