MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Are the food trucks that Minneapolis diners seem to love so much causing undo harm to existing restaurant businesses? Are they given an unfair competitive advantage by the state that traditional brick-and-mortars can’t compete against? A group referring to itself as the Downtown Food Committee seems to think so. This Wednesday it will be holding a meeting open to all downtown retailers to discuss the issue.

Anti Food Truck Meeting Flyer
The group is raising the idea of whether food trucks have created a competitive environment in which they are unable to effectively compete and are seeking ways to “improve the food truck ordinance so it works better for the residents, workers, food truck owners, and the restaurant owners in downtown Minneapolis,” according to the flier they put out for Wednesday’s event.

So who is the Downtown Food Committee? The contact guy is D. Brian’s Deli founder Doug Sams, who says he’s not anti-food truck but has voiced frustration over the influx of rolling rivals who don’t have to do things like pay rent.

This is not the first time Skyway restaurateurs have gotten heated over food trucks. Larry Abdo, owner of the MyBurger restaurant,put up signs criticizing the trucks outside his building last month, but was cited for signage violations.

If you attend this meeting, please let us know what happens. You can send confidential emails to [email protected].