May 15 2013
Seems the ongoing battles between brick and mortar restaurants and mobile food vendors may soon be calming down. Most of the tension between these parties is caused by proximity (i.e. how close the mobile cart is located to the restaurant).
The New York City Council just enacted legislation which will (commencing June 2013) prevent mobile food vendors from setting up shop within 20 feet of any entrance or exit, including service entrances and exits, of any restaurant. The soon to be prior law just prevented mobile food vendors from setting up within 20 feet of the establishment’s main entrance/exit.
This new law should go a long way towards easing some of the existing tension between the mobile vendors and brick and mortar restaurants.