PHILADELPHIA, PA – Mobile food truck operators, who are putting out smart concoctions in their restaurants on wheels, are giving Philadelphia City Council members some food for thought on how to accelerate the food truck scene. Operators testified in City Council Chambers about bills to regulate and expand the industry in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association says current zoning and permitting regulations include outdated definitions that lump them into the larger category of ‘street vendors.’

Association President George Bieber, operator of the Sunflower Truck Stop, says the measures City Council is working on would allow the new breed of mobile food trucks to expand to locations beyond the pods that congregate now around 33rd and Arch Streets, The Porch at 30th Street, Love Park, and the Navy Yard.

Deb Dasani operates Samosa Deb’s. “As food truck operators, I’m blown away by the quality of food that I see offered by our food trucks,” she says.

Rob Mitchell of The Cow and The Curd truck says Philadelphia is watching the birth of a grass-roots movement. “It is the quintessential American dream of small business,” he says.

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