Now we’ve seen it all. Up to this point restaurant owners merely voiced their opinions in an attempt to sway food truck regulations. In Omaha a restaurant owner is in the process of suing the city because food trucks park near his restaurant. Maybe instead of wasting time on this lawsuit, the owner should spend more time improving his restaurant so he gets better than 2.5 stars on Yelp.
OMAHA, NE – A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Omaha. Last year, a similar suit led to new ordinances for food trucks. Now there’s a push for another change.
“I looked up the ordinance three years ago and I asked the police to start enforcing it.” says Michael Henery, owner of Michael’s Cantina at the Market. He says they haven’t, even though the ordinance clearly states it’s unlawful for someone to sell from a food truck longer than 30 minutes. Henery says they’re posting up for hours in the Old Market.
“It’s an archaic law that goes back to the ding-ding ice cream trucks of the 1960s,” says Kelly Keegan of the Chicago Dawg House. He is also president of the new Food Truck Association and admits it’s illegal to park these trucks for long periods, but says change is coming. “We’re working with the city, iit’s slow to get things moving, but it’s on the table. We’re waiting to hear back from the city.”
In the meantime, Henery is taking action, suing the city not only to get the trucks away from his business, but to repay him for the 2.5 percent food tax that food trucks have avoided. That’s money that ends up on your restaurant tab, but not at the trucks.