SANTA BARBARA, CA – There are only a handful of food truck businesses left in Santa Barbara and they could soon be a thing of the past if a new zoning ordinance is passed.
“It doesn’t matter what we say. they already made their decision and now they’re just going through the motions,” says Michael Gardner, owner and operator of the Burger Bus.
Gardner has been serving burgers to the Santa Barbara, Goleta and Ventura communities for more than 8 years. However, he’s selling the bus and business. The current ordinance and eventually a newer ordinance are just two of the reasons why he’s moving out of the state.
“We never really have parked on city streets, but now they don’t want us parking in parking lots. They don’t want us parking where somebody said we don’t want them, but the local folks do want us,” said Gardner.
He tells NewsChannel 3 that the city won’t allow him to park his bus on private lots even if there’s a prior agreement. Gardner often partners up with small businesses like Pure Order Brewing Company in Santa Barbara where they allow him to park his bus on their property.
Find the entire article with video at keyt.com [here]