Proposed regulations already killing food truck businesses in D.C.

posted at 10:01 pm on April 19, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Apologies for two Beltway-area stories in a row, but Maryland and Washington, D.C. offer such emblematic examples of onerous regulation and taxation run amok in a one-party system, they have many stories worth telling.

Terrible news for one small business in Washington, D.C. The Pinup Panini food truck used its grills for the last time this week:

D.C.’s proposed regulations for food trucks, which of course protect entrenched interests at the expense of up-and-comers, are poised to cause far too many sad tales like Cori Bryant’s.

Bryant launched Pinup Panini in October, serving up hot, made-to-order meals in competition with a fleet of trucks where success comes from a combination of expedient service and culinary creativity. But D.C.’s food trucks have also found themselves hampered by the city’s proposed regulations over their industry. Mayor Vince Gray first proposed regulations last year; since then, the proposed rules have gone through three extensive makeovers.

The most recent version of proposed regulations, published last month, would establish 23 mobile vending zones around the city. But those zones could only be accessed by vendors who win a lottery for one of the spaces; both the lottery and the spaces come with fees.

Other food trucks may just move to friendlier climes, over the river in Arlington:

But already some the owners of food trucks might be eyeing different territory where they might not have to face such burdensome rules. Arlington officials are also deliberating food truck regulations, and those proposed rules would actually open up the areas and lengths of time food truck could operate.

Fans of Pinup Panini, though, are out of luck. In subsequent tweets, Bryant wrote that she planned out two years to become profitable, but she “just can’t afford the war on trucks.”

Bryant also isn’t the first food truck owner to shut down her business over the threat of difficult regulations. Last month, Brian Farrell, the owner of the Italian food truck Basil Thyme, told Washington City Paper he was quitting, saying the proposed regulations would make the already difficult food truck business too burdensome to be find any success.

The Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington is fighting the regs in D.C., and I’ll be pitching in and hoping they can win. Sad to see dreams and livelihoods crushed like this.

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thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:25 AM

I can remember when train rides required manners..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:31 AM

They are simply always insane. It’s clinical.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:34 AM

No, Dire. It’s over. Just a matter of time. It’ll take time, but it’ll never be the same.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:26 AM

I think we have one more “shuffle“..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

I agree. I’m thinking of Berlin pre WWII. In the 20′s and early 30′s. The culture there was much as it is here today in many respects. They rushed headlong into near annihilation. I’ve read some of the letters that were passing amongst them at the time. They sounded as though they were weary of peace. They had exhausted themselves with a non stop party where ‘anything goes’ for so long that the prospect of something that would restore order and discipline seemed appealing to many of them. It’s a remarkable experience to read the letters. As you know, people actually wrote to one another and they were more frank in the letters than they might have been in person because of the very nature of the communication. It’s stark and chilling to read of their longing for ‘something’ to change.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Unless you buy a cup of it from a genuine Food Truck.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:31 AM

1 cup of Java for Lourdes coming right up.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Yes. :) Now days they would likely as not have just had it off on the spot.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:40 AM

1 Kerfuffle salad for B9 coming right up.

Business is booming.

I bet perp #1 got all hot under the collar over his defective suicide jacket.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM

haha..ty sparks.
I love a food truck..had some good ones in Orlando..not here. :(
Ate breakfast from one everyday when I worked down town.
I also love a hot diggity dog from Home Depot. :)

WTH is a kerfluffle? I ain’t into that fancy stuff. ;)

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

She had a nice caboose. (:

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

I think we have one more “shuffle“..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:36 AM

You’re the optimist around here, and you drink :)

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Good night barbarians, er wondeful souls :)

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:40 AM

One of the top “sexy” scenes in film..imho..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Indeed, indeed

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Alone With You – Armik

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

WTH is a kerfluffle? I ain’t into that fancy stuff. ;)

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Scrumpy doodles has the recipe for Kerfuffles. They are kind of like Baklava with a Flan texture thingy.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Goodnight, Paladin. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

She is outstanding..:):)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Liam I think said it best the other day…
Libs take the fun and drain the pleasure away from everything.
Food trucks crossed my mind before
once the nanny NYC control was kicking into
full gear.

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

It certainly appeals. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Thumbs up..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Food Trucks are fun. Ice cream trucks are funner. They play my favorite tunes.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

LoLz..I’m a huge fan of hot dogs myself..:):)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Man have you seen the trailer for Only God Forgives?

Written by the guy who did the Pusher films and Drive.

The soundtrack alone is orgasm-inducing. Just like Drive.

Here is the trailer.

tom daschle concerned on April 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Looks mesmerizing…
http://youtu.be/Tcl2hnhze3E

I don’t like his politics but Ryan Gosling has that uncanny ability to be astonishing on film, at least as to DRIVE and now looks same in ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Same as to the filmmaker of both.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:52 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilbISblzHqM

Ice cream truck songs.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:53 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

A Ha-my Greek genes said-ya hoo. Coupled with flan…mega yum.
I will have to ask the Scrumps when I see her.
Now that she will be back, all charged up.

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:53 AM

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Good evening, B9. :)

Yes, they are regulating away many of the most genuine simple pleasures, since they don’t particularly enjoy them, or are too stupid to indulge properly and without harming themselves. However, they do want to let people do drugs until they literally drop. They enjoy that pursuit, you see.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Mustard makes a dog, not ketchup. Mustard and relish.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Food Trucks are fun. Ice cream trucks are funner. They play my favorite tunes.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

I don’t trust Ice Cream Trucks. They seem to imply some sort of insurrection or treachery. The only good time I ever had from one of them was an Orangesicle; today they appear to be selling forged documents out of the back window instead.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.See you soon.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM

How about an Orange cream sickle? they are the real deal. The rest have hidden microphones.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM
LoLz..I’m a huge fan of hot dogs myself..:):)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

LOL..I can’t resist one every time I leave..
the smell just calls me over…must.have.hot.dog.
The grilled sausages and grilled onions too.
Tis a Home Depot tradition. ;)

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Unless B9 likes ketchup. Then I do too.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Unless you buy a cup of it from a genuine Food Truck.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:31 AM

1 cup of Java for Lourdes coming right up.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Thank ye, cup o’ Java, but hold the ice cream. Thanks.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Yep. Everyone must be miserable and regulated to their
standards/control.
I miss the good ol days..and I am only reaching 40.

Okay Sparks..you are my man..
Mustard and an orange creamsicle.
We are compatible.

I love the bomb pops too..the red/white/blue.

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Unless B9 likes ketchup. Then I do too.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

lolz- cutie

I like it all..but no sauerkraut ever.

I do prefer mustard and onions..but can deal with ketchup. :)

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Nite Jackster-
and all-Dire, Sparks xo

I have one eye open.
Must crash. Long few days.

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM

How about an Orange cream sickle? they are the real deal. The rest have hidden microphones.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Welll, OK, but only if it’s from the real Food Truck Thread and not the imitation one.

About hot dogs: Hebrew National, grilled, with mustard, relish and onions.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

bazil9 on April 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

I prefer my onions raw..But will not pass on the grilled onions either..I also can handle the chilli and cheese..Just do not over do it!!!..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 2:08 AM

I’ve again lost my sense of humor, must go for tonight.

Wishing all a safe and happy night and day tomorrow.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 2:08 AM

About hot dogs: Hebrew National, grilled, with mustard, relish and onions.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Sounds great..:)

PS..Good to see you..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 2:09 AM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on April 20, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Next they’ll be selling street corners to prostitutes.

flicker on April 20, 2013 at 4:17 AM

Arguably one of the best videos evah!. Featuring the greatest Christopher Walken this side of “cowbell” mode.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 20, 2013 at 5:09 AM

“Protecting entrenched interests”? You mean the other small business owners that had to invest much more capital, comply with even more regulation, and pay even higher taxes and fees to run a brick-and-mortar restaurant? Puhleeze. I doubt very many restaurant owners feel “entrenched” given the economy the last five years.

kd6rxl on April 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM

I’ll say it again, I have no problem with food trucks parked on private property being free from the burdensome regulation being established. However, if food carts and trucks are running a business on public property — on the sidewalk or in the street — they can be regulated in whatever manner the people decide and it should be with the interests of those property owners near that area in mind.

Dusty on April 20, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Dems will regulate anything that moves, stops, floats, or has yet to exist. Except abortion. Can’t touch that!

Dems are very big into, “You’re not allowed.” Or, if they’re in a good mood, “You can maybe have that, but only if…”

And they wonder why their tax bases move out so often.

Liam on April 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

kd6rxl on April 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Agreed.

Food Trucks? What? But a truck, put some restaurant equipment in it, pull up to a street corner and start selling food and that shouldn’t come under some kind of regulations?

This is a non-story.

Cleombrotus on April 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

But = Buy

Cleombrotus on April 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

The Progressive War on America!!!

Battlefield: your corner food truck.

Wait until the ObamaCare regs kick in and the HHS gets to determine all kinds of yummy things about “nutrition”, and “the public interest”.

PappyD61 on April 20, 2013 at 8:13 AM

…….and in Possum Holler these food trucks are held to the same inspection standards that regular restaurants are.

They are regularly inspected, have the records made available online, etc. It’s a big deal.

PappyD61 on April 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

About hot dogs: Hebrew National, grilled, with mustard, relish and onions.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Now if you would have said put ketchup on it I would have had to call for HA banishment for you.

Limerick on April 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM

The “control everyone else’s life” freaks are a many tentacle monster–their enemy is freedom–as is that of most “compromised politicians”(the latter a redundancy)

Don L on April 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

An amusing memory: when we visited Rome many years ago, we always chuckled at the terms a food/beverage truck owner would use if we asked for a bottle of water.
The question he’d ask was: “Gas or no gas?” for carbonated or non carbonated. LOL

PatriotGal2257 on April 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Dems will regulate anything that moves, stops, floats, or has yet to exist. Except abortion. Can’t touch that!

Dems are very big into, “You’re not allowed.” Or, if they’re in a good mood, “You can maybe have that, but only if…”

And they wonder why their tax bases move out so often.

Liam on April 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

You probably don;t live here in DC and you may not have read the background on this So let me enlighten you. This is not the product of some “Dem” or “Lib” agenda. It is being driven by the much-beloved entrepreneur/small business/capitalist community. Which underscores one of capitalism’s chief problems: no one, not Exxon, not Mitt Romney and not small business owners actually believes in it when their interests are at stake.

I will say that (perhaps because my caffeine is kicking in) that Hot Air has motivated me to Take Action for the second time (the first was to contribute to Obama’s re-elect), and I have e-mailed my city council persons to voice my opposition to this regulation.

urban elitist on April 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I didn’t know Bloomberg moved to DC

diogenes on April 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Which underscores one of capitalism’s chief problems: no one, not Exxon, not Mitt Romney and not small business owners actually believes in it when their interests are at stake.

urban elitist on April 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Capitalism admits of competition, it’s consequence is creative destruction. What you correctly refer to as a problem is not capitalism, but one of its antitheses, cronyism.

wolfsDad on April 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

diogenes on April 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Dude, *everyone* in DC is a mini-Bloomberg to some degree, it seems.

GWB on April 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Oh, made me look… I feel foolish.

Fallon on May 2, 2013 at 11:11 PM

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