According to an article by SFoodie last year, Emeryville authorities and city council have been looking to tightening their rules for street food businesses. Foodie Editor John Birdsall writes, “Fueled by complaints of unfair competition by brick-and-mortar restaurants, Emeryville’s City Council has agreed to look at the city’s mobile catering ordinance ― last amended in 1988 ― to protect brick-and-mortar eateries from what certain business owners are alleging is unfair competition.”
Since then, the East Bay city called for re-examining its decades-old mobile vending ordinance after restaurant owners and the Chamber of Commerce complained to the City Council that the popularity of street food in Emeryville was hurting their bottom lines.
Task force chair and owner of the Liba Falafel truck, Gail Lillian says “The main issue that we’re going to be looking at over and over again is proximity, both to brick and mortars and to each other as street food vendors.” Lillian thinks the task force could ultimately recommend setting a cap on how many mobile vendors are operating at the same time.
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