Needham MA SignNEEDHAM, MA – 

New regulations could either hurt—or help—existing and new food trucks in Needham, said business owners.

Captain Marden’s Cod Squad owner Terri Beal looks forward to expanded locations for food trucks. The Cod Squad, which specializes in lobster rolls, has operated in Needham on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2nd Avenue under an informal agreement with the town since last summer. Next year, the Cod Squad could rotate among three locations in Needham’s business district.

But Beal isn’t sure about the $1000-per-truck fee required for a five-day permit.

“We’re permitted in many other towns. I haven’t heard of another town that has charged that,” she said.

Blue Ribbon BBQ owner and Needham resident Geoff Janowski said the regulations wouldn’t directly affect his business, which has operated on 2nd Avenue for two years. But restrictions make Needham hardly an ideal place for new food trucks, he said.

“The town doesn’t have enough viable locations,” said Janowski.

He and Beal already occupy the location on 2nd Avenue, and food trucks operating in other parts of the northern end of Needham likely won’t find much business, he said.

Janowski is afraid another food truck will ask to take up part of his current five-day slot because of the lack of other locations.

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