PHILADELPHIA, PA – It just got a little bit easier to run a food truck in Philadelphia.

Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a new bill last week updating food truck zoning permit regulations while also clearly defining what they are.

“It’s not passed yet, but the fact that this bill is on the table is huge for us. We’re very optimistic and hopeful, mostly because the consumers have spoken,” said Rob Mitchell, owner of The Cow and the Curd food truck and vice president of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA). “

[Food trucks are] small businesses at its most grassroots state. It’s indicative that the tide is turning and we’re recognized as legitimate businesses.”

Singling out food trucks

One of the most important parts of the bill is an updated definition of what a food truck is. This had been a major speed bump in the business as many food trucks owners (particularly members of the PMFA) noted in a cover story I wrote last year.

Food trucks now form their own subgroup.

“We are recognized and we have our own niche. We’re not lumped in with the whole general cache of vendors [that] have become a cliché,” Mitchell said. “We are our own defined entity … [because] food trucks do uphold the rules. Now that they’re clearly defined, it’ll be easier to follow them.

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