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WORCESTER, MA – A City Council committee looking to create a more friendly environment for food truck vendors has broached the idea of establishing areas in the city where they would be allowed to conduct business by right.

The focus would be in the downtown, especially around Worcester Common, but it would also include other neighborhoods and parks.

As part of the idea being bandied about by the City Council Economic Development Committee, food truck operators would be required to pay a fee and be permitted by the city for the right to operate in those designated areas.

Councilor-at-Large Frederick C. Rushton, committee chairman, said Tuesday he would like to see the reintroduction of food trucks in the city on a “more populated scale” because they can bring greater economic vitality to an area.

He said current city regulations governing food truck operators make that difficult, in large part because they are required to get the permission from abutters within 50 feet of where they want to set up shop, and from restaurant owners within 250 feet.

“We have to get beyond the mobile food truck (owners) having to knock on doors hoping they’re going to find a friendly zone,” Mr. Rushton said. “Instead, we should move to establish some friendly zones throughout the city (where permission would not be needed).”

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OTW LogoIn our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Seattle, Worcester, Gainsville and Hermiston.

March 15

Established restaurants, too, hitting streets with food trucks – SEATTLE, WA – In a reversal, established brick-and-mortar restaurants are taking to the streets in food trucks, trying to extend their brands and reach new diners.

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Food trucks hit a nerve with city – WORCESTER, MA – im Donoghue and Alec Lopez are in the same line of work; both own restaurants and are used to the tireless work and endless hours that go into making their businesses successful. When it comes to whether the city should ease its restrictions on mobile food vendors, however, the two men come down on opposite sides. It is not unlike the City Council, where there is dissension among the ranks over one councilor’s call to take another look at an ordinance that clamped down on where food trucks and carts can set up. Some say the time has come, others say the rules were changed for a reason.

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March 16

Second Food Truck Rally goes more smoothly – GAINSVILLE, FL – Michael Musoke stepped down from his food truck, Off the Griddle, and looked at the line of about 50 people waiting to try his food.

His jaw dropped.

“Wow,” he said, smiling.

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March 17

Mobile Vendors Consider New Regulations – HERMISTON, OR – Luis Diaz can see his home as he cooks up meat for the lunch rush in his mobile taco truck each morning.

He owns and operates Tacos Xavi, a mobile food truck, and his business is parked next to a shoe store on North First Street in Hermiston. It’s just steps from his back yard.

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