At the Brown Bag Sandwich Co. in downtown Anchorage, lunchtime often brings a steady flow of customers. Owner Antoine McLeod said Monday that on the weekends, it’s a different story.
”I don’t have a problem with competition,” he said, amid of flurry of hands making sandwiches, cutting pickles and handing out meals. “As long as that competition is taking place at a level playing field.”
When it comes to the Urban Bamboo food truck, McLeod said that competition isn’t on the level playing field. The truck sets up shop just down the street from the Brown Bag, on the corner of 4th Avenue and D Street, just in front of the Avenue Bar.
That’s where McLeod said the food truck parks in metered parking spots after-hours. It’s a practice he said is both unfair and illegal.
”It’s just not fair for someone to be able to pull up during peak hours, not have to pay any of the real estate, any of the fees, any of the permits,