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Re: “Food truck operators still fighting for a place in Raleigh as restaurant owners try to defend turf

Bill,
I think you misunderstood my point about fair competition and the laws being rewritten. Restaurateurs would have the ability to operate a food truck just as Klausies etc. does IF they really felt this was an area they needed to compete in. I don't like the B&M's argument of inequality, because they'd have access to the same business model IF they wanted to do it. I personally feel like Tobacco Road shutting its door in lieu of a food truck is an empty threat, and if not there will be another entrepreneur eventually willing to take over the space and realize the potential. I think the food trucks serve a different market, and for most establishments the sales hit would be minimal. Now that would be an unfortunate downside, but nonetheless capitalism.

Bada Bing? I have no way of knowing what their ROI is for a slice of pizza. I do know that you'd need to quantify a lot more than ingredients and leasing costs, but that's a different argument. Either way there are no absolutes. I agree that this type establishment has a little more stake in the game, but the last time I checked Glenwood Ave. wasn't full of Bada Bing Pizza style establishments and no one wants that for downtown anyway.

A different comparison would be Mellow Mushroom... is Klausies really going to eat their lunch? When people have a hungry party of six and want a few drinks with dinner they're not going to line up at Klausies.

I agree that the foodies need to be more organized and bring better arguments to the table to support their fight, I hope they can do that. I just don't think that the B&M's are putting forth anything significantly better, they just already have the law on their side.

The food trucks need more privilege, but I don't believe they should be allowed to go wherever they please. Whatever plan the city does come up with needs to be well thought out and regulated so that everyone can coexists (and not necessarily in the same space). They've got to make some changes though, the current laws just don't fit in with being industrialized, and they certainly don't represent democracy, capitalism, and a free market.

Posted by Troy H. on 04/23/2011 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Food truck operators still fighting for a place in Raleigh as restaurant owners try to defend turf

Bill, I would imagine the problem with recruiting brewery owners is that they rightfully don't want to choose sides in the fight considering they'd like to keep tap space in those brick and mortars.

I didn't attend the meeting so I can't speak to how well (or not) things were organized on behalf of the food trucks, but I don't see some of the arguments from the restaurateurs as logical. Equity? If the law was rewritten, they'd be able to compete the same way. You're right that restaurant owners have to invest far more in a B&M than a food truck owner has to in his business, but the returns on those investments I imagine are far better as well. If the odds are so heavily in favor of the food trucks, why wouldn't they just invest in their own?

This is a case where the market should be able to dictate what happens. If people want food from a truck, why should the government block that? It's also a tiring example of how some people always want less government in their lives UNTIL it benefits them.

Food trucks are just another "vehicle" for delivery (pun intended). Internet sales Vs. B&M sales is a good example. In the internet era, you either have an online presence, or operate so well that you coexist without it. Businesses need to evolve in order to be self-sustaining, we don't need social programs or entitlements for restaurants.

There's a place for both guys in this fight and I'm personally routing for them both to be around a long time. I hope they can come to a compromise that works for everyone.

Posted by Troy H. on 04/22/2011 at 3:27 PM

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