MADISON, WI – Leia Boers’ food cart, Leia’s Lunchbox, is a late-night favorite for UW students.

“There’s been nights where I haven’t been able to close my window until 4:15, 4:30 in the morning,” Boers said.

But a proposed ordinance making its way through city hall could hinder their after hours noshing at their favorite food cart.

The proposal, introduced by Mayor Paul Soglin, would change the closing time for late night food vendors like Leia’s Lunchbox from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. Under current law, street vendors holding a late night vending license and a site assignment in one of the five late night vending areas can sell food from vending carts from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily.

“It’s going to hurt. Right now, the bars close right around 2 o’clock. So I’m able to get all of the customers and then get the employees. If the bars are closing at 2:30 a.m., the customers aren’t going to make it to the food carts until 3 o’clock. If we’re shutting our windows as they’re walking up, what do we do? We don’t have a business,” Boers said.

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