A city committee is scheduled tonight to consider whether mobile food trucks should be permitted in Evanston.

The issue, held over from last month’s Human Services Committee agenda, came up because the owners of the Union Pizzeria and Campagnola want to buy such a truck but the city currently has no rules to authorize or regulate its operation.

The City of Chicago is considering expanding the options for food trucks there — where owners are currently allowed to assemble and sell food on a truck but not prepare it on board.

The proposed Evanston ordinance, based on one in Minneapolis, would require that anyone who wanted to operate a food truck would have to already own a restaurant in the city.

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Why Chicago needs food trucks (Chicago Tribune, June 3)

Related document

Human Services Committee packet

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. food trucks – a great idea

    At our annual block party a week ago, we had the privilege of seeing to gleaming food truck being discussed. Large and well-equipped with the latest and greatest, the plan is to serve quality fare. Other cities have successfully embraced the food truck, and this looks like an all upside for Evanston, its residents and visitors.  

  2. Food trucks would be great

    New Haven has a slew of food trucks and carts near the Yale Campus.  

    It’s a great way to try lots of new foods for little money in an informal way.  

    And we need to get the micro-economy going!

    Imagine the Farmer’s market filled in with load of hot food and coffee vendors.  Bring it on!



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