Mobile Food Vendors May Soon be Subject to Tighter Restrictions
Mobile food vendors in downtown Bismarck may soon be kept on an even shorter leash than they already are; and it's not sitting well with most.
According to the ordinance, a mobile food vendor may apply for a permit to sell food items on any public street, except those streets classified as “arterial” or “minor arterial."
From what I can see here, it's taking any vendors that want to be downtown out of the loop... There's just a lot of things in [the ordinance] that are just not right for those businesses trying to get a start. This is going to be a hindrance.
Whitty said mobile vendors who want to operate downtown need to be considerate and not "step on toes" of brick-and-mortar business owners paying rent or taxes. She said the smoke from Matthews' grill made her prom store smell and the grill took up on-street parking spaces during peak hours.
I think they need to be regulated but encouraged... That's what makes things interesting and adds to downtown flavor... I think the city should be extremely accommodating.