Shorter orbit for Kitchener food trucks recommended

If approved, food trucks in Kitchener would literally move closer to the doors of stationary restaurants.

City councils at a committee meeting on Monday approved an amendment to Kitchener’s food truck bylaws that would allow trucks to be placed 10 meters from a restaurant property line instead of the current 20 meters.

However, this recommendation has yet to be submitted to the entire city council for approval.

Ruben Salonga, the co-owner of fighter gourmet Street food food truck, hopes the council will approve the recommendation so that people can see that food trucks are not a threat to restaurants.

“Some business fails. Some shops are closed. But there shouldn’t be any connection between these businesses and the rise of food trucks in this city, ”he said. “There’s no connection. And that’s one of the myths we need to address here: food trucks don’t close restaurants.”

Linda Jutzi, the executive director of the Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area, says the BIA supports the recommendation but asks the council to recognize that there are limited numbers of downtown customers to walk around.

“The level of food traffic is not optimal today. It grows, it gets better, the more companies and offices move to the center, it will certainly increase as more people live in the center. But today it’s a cake that they have to share the city center, “said Jutzi.

Jutzi says food trucks can leave an area when business is slow, but restaurants stay open all day and into the night.

Food truck operators also submitted a new application to the city on Monday. The operators want at least two food trucks to be able to park on Carl-Zehr-Platz in Kitchener’s town hall during the lunch break this coming spring and summer.

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