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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Scrumpy on April 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Goodnight, Scrumpy. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Axe on April 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

It’s a good thing you have a sword… since your abandoned axe is safely locked away in the enchanted vault.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I wonder why you care MKH. Isn’t DC a liberal Mecca?

HotAirLib on April 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM

But that doesn’t mean we don’t still fight for food-truck liberty.

TarheelBen on April 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

TarheelBen on April 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Good evening, TarheelBen. :)

It’s amazing that even as we try to fight to keep some liberty in Washington DC and prevent it from deteriorating completely…like…say… Detroit… from an overdose of progressive lawmaking and regulation… the progressives fight us bitterly.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:37 PM

It’s a good thing you have a sword… since your abandoned axe is safely locked away in the enchanted vault.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Speaking of Swords. 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

As a matter of fact… it seems to me that the progressives are bitterly clinging to regulations and bureaucracy.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

First!

John the Libertarian on April 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

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

A veritable smorgasbord of Hollywood violence….

Gee… seems to me that some of those involved in the making of this film as well as it’s primary backers have been supporting… gun control and decrying our ‘violent society’.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

John the Libertarian on April 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

:) Good evening, John.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

A veritable smorgasbord of Hollywood violence….

Gee… seems to me that some of those involved in the making of this film as well as it’s primary backers have been supporting… gun control and decrying our ‘violent society’.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

According to the left, sex is violence.

We can never accept any of their precepts. They never argue in good faith. Their art, their heroes, their goals, all belie their arguments. They don’t understand cause and effect. They believe that the ends justify the means.

tom daschle concerned on April 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

First!

John the Libertarian on April 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Wow you’re on an hour and 50 minute delay.

CW on April 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

DIRE! You made it over here! :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Dancing In The Moonlight – King Harvest

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Come on out to Sac, we have a righteous, thriving food truck scene.

Sacramento on April 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Sacramento on April 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Free enterprise. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Moonbeam Song – Nilsson

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Is this where we are?

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Hello:)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

And yes… you are the ‘cute one’…and the smart one, too. :)

You’re coverage of events on the QOTD last evening was very good. Thanks. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

This seems to be the spot..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM

On the mark, as usual, Dire. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Very nice tune..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

lol! Yes… thanks.. I love dancing in the moonlight. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

So, this is where you barbarians are :)

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Of course, dancing in the moonlight is especially nice in the summertime. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Good evening, Schadenfreude! Wonderful to see you. :) Dance? :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Thanks. Magic 8 Ball was feeding me the scoop from the police scanner.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Well done. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Going Up The Country – Canned Heat

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Otra Luna

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Lets have some Food Truck Food. Egg Salad sammich or Hot Dog?

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Evening :)

Sure

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Hot Dog please..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

It isn’t just liberal bastions like DC that try to regulate food trucks out of business. Look at Charleston, SC or Charlotte, NC. It’s pressure from the restaurant/hospitality industry, which doesn’t include the start-ups like food trucks.

As with all established businesses, they hate regulations and red tape UNLESS they make it harder on their competition. It’s why you ALWAYS find a gaggle of business lobbyists in the back room agitating FOR more regulations.

Suppose compliance cost for a particular regulation will be $5000. The established restaurant doesn’t like paying it, but they can well afford to avoid losing $10,000 every month to food trucks “infringing” on “their” neighborhoods. The truck operator, on the other hand, is likely to be a start-up risking his or her own life savings, and that extra hurdle make mean they can never open, or can’t make it to profitability in time to stay open.

People talk about the corruption of Congress and the President. You don’t learn the fine art of graft in DC any more than you learn to hit a baseball in the major leagues. Look at your city and county councils, your state legislatures. Cesspools of corruption, almost every one. And most of the time they don’t even get a personal bribe for corruptly helping their “friends” and supporters, they look at it as returning a favor.

Adjoran on April 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Looks like perp #1 had a defective terrorist suicide jacket. I bet he’s was really burned up about it.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

The food truck thread rocks.

Of course, when the alternatives are discussing a teenager shutting down a major U.S. city; and homosexual boy scouts, anything is a breath of fresh air.

TitularHead on April 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Adjoran on April 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Very good points..The Goverment regulations have to end or we will lose a lot of small businesses..:(

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Hot Dog please..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

1 Dawg for Dire coming right up.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Tango Argentina

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

That was incredibly beautiful. Thank you. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Lets have some Food Truck Food. Egg Salad sammich or Hot Dog?

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Yeah, I remember 1959 with a certain degree of fondness, too.

Food truck food has changed a bit. You should get out more.

Adjoran on April 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

MG is the bestest of all. She is always complimenting other people but she really should get some accolades associated with her personage.

1 Accolade for MG coming right up.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

It’s a thread about the roach coach… and look… HAL showed up to prove the name.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

First I thought you typed HALAL :)

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Wow. That will certainly quicken one’s pulse! Thank you. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Food truck food has changed a bit. You should get out more.

Adjoran on April 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Yeah, they got tacos now.

TitularHead on April 20, 2013 at 12:45 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

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

lol!:)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

:) You’re very kind, Spark.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Yeah, they got tacos now.

TitularHead on April 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

1 Sparkling Water with lemon for Schad coming right up.

I bet perp #1 was fit to be fried over his defective suicide jacket.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Adjoran on April 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

That depends on where one is, and what part of town one frequents.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Pulse stabilizing

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Food Trucks rock..Almost as good as ships with rum..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM

1 Cucumber sammich for RWM coming right up.

What a day I’m having.

I bet perp #1 got a bad case of heart burn from his defective suicide jacket.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

How about a three step? CHA CHA CHA

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

I bet perp #1 got a bad case of heart burn from his defective suicide jacket.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I’m with AP – the 2nd one should join him.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Hi Dire :)

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:53 AM

How about a three step? CHA CHA CHA

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Europeans are very much into ballroom dancing, not competitive only, and at all ages.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

We all know this administration would never allow a death sentence to be carried out on this monster.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Dang. Somebody call the booty department, Jackie made my pants catch on fire.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM

I’d like to see the habit catch on here. It’s wonderful exercise, a great deal of fun, often romantic, and people learn to see one another in a new light. :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

lol! You are the Glade Fire Marshal! :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

lol! You are the Glade Fire Marshal! :)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

opps I forgot.

1 Accolade sammich for SWalker coming right up.

O_o <–insert evil grin

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

In a few years this will be only history.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Paso Doble?

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Hey terrorists, get your free refurbished suicide jackets at Sparky’s Fun house.

Its a blowout sale all weekend long.

Satisfaction guaranteed.

*small print: some *cough* models may just blow your own sh$t up and cause no harm to other people. *

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I may be old fashioned, as a matter of fact, I doubtless am, but I think that it’s a shame that these traditions are being lost.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Viennese Waltz

I love the waltz.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Hey terrorists, got too much skin on some parts of your body. Just strap on one of our custom fit bomb jackets from Sparky’s Fun House and your problems are solved.

We do all the remote control ignition for you free of charge. Free of charge bwaaahhh.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Clowning around – fantastic talents/music

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Soon not PC and too white. PC will kill all things, not only people.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Do you watch DWTS??..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Paso Doble?

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I bet Sparky loves it.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Laendler

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Grace, etiquette, observance of tradition, all take effort. We live in a society where many feel comfortable going out in their pajamas or sweat suits.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Laendler also

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I don’t watch any television anymore, Dire.

I screen films and old series when I want to enjoy something from the industry.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I bet Sparky loves it.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Yep. What was holding that dress on? I was hoping it would fly off. (:

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

The people at Ace of Spades are funny.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

That’s wonderful:)

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Rome lasted longer. This is a fast Decameron era, filthier by the seconds, sadly.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

I hear you..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

The people at Ace of Spades are funny.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Incredible wits

One called oaf in chief “Sir Golfsalot” today.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Agreed..That place can get really wild..Very good site..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

But unlike Rome of old..I think the “Empire” will rise again..Don’t you??..:)

Dire Straits on April 20, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

In watching that I was reminded of how much people have to be more observant when formal manners are employed. Flirting, like conversation, is an art form. Subtlety is vital. It requires concentration and practice, just as any skill.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Mom and Dad who birthed the twisted Jihad brothers are in denial. Mom asked, “Where is the evidence”?

Well, Mom, its in servers taking up major bandwidth flying all over all over the freaking internet. jeebus.

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:26 AM

We all know this administration would never allow a death sentence to be carried out on this monster.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Well, the people of Mass. want flesh/revenge and apparently a D is reintroducing the death penalty. I’m not sure what its status is in Mass. today. This proves that their principles, leftist as they are, float with the winds.

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

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Surely, though, it must reach a saturation point. There must come a time when people crave order, dignity, and grace and reject the laziness and vile way they interact with one another today.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:28 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Most insane of them all, the doctor and nurse’s American daughter who converted to Islam for the 26 years old dead daddy of her 3 years old son. She even wears that garb…in her big house in the US. The neighbors were shocked when they first saw her. Was she clueless when he disappeared for 6 months?

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:29 AM

This isn’t the Food Truck Thread I remember. I knew the FTT and this isn’t the FTT. This is an imposter. I’m sure it’s a Food Truck conspiracy.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:26 AM

I noticed that the leftists seemed quite anxious for the suspect to be killed or apprehended, and they didn’t seem to care which.

They also were openly thankful for the firepower of the police. Quite the contrast from those who tried to pass laws that would have prevented police officers from wearing their side arms in public places.

So when the violence comes to their neighborhoods, they begin to rethink their urge to ban guns.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Why did I just click on white space and a facebook popup appeared?

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

You can’t trust Java.

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

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:31 AM

So when the violence comes to their neighborhoods, they begin to rethink their urge to ban guns.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:31 AM

No, they don’t do that, they only want the guns banned of everyone who isn’t them. Or in a union.

Lourdes on April 20, 2013 at 1:32 AM

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:28 AM

It’s possible that nature, a huge global war, diseases, or another calamity will destroy, then renew. Otherwise the weeds are simply too many and they multiply like rabbits. You know that I’m not an altruist, just a realist.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

SparkPlug on April 20, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Mom was arrested for stealing $1600 worth of clothing from Lord & Taylor’s. Apparently this family never had any regard for the law.

thatsafactjack on April 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

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