Food Trucks Take Day Off in D.C. to Oppose Proposed Regulations

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Food trucks in Farragut Square weren't serving any food on Monday, May 6, 2013. Instead, owners passed out fliers and spread information on how Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed regulations would impact the food truck industry. (Credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Food trucks in Farragut Square weren’t serving any food on Monday, May 6, 2013. Instead, owners passed out fliers and spread information on how Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed regulations would impact the food truck industry. (Credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Food trucks posted up in a usual spot in downtown D.C. on Monday but they weren’t serving up any dishes.

Instead, when hungry people lined up on their lunch breaks, they were given a glimpse of what the city’s food truck service might look like if D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposal regulating food trucks passes through the city council.

Gray’s proposed regulations would limit food trucks to certain locations in the city and also put a cap on the number of trucks in each location.

The 17 food trucks that participated in Monday’s “Day Without a Food Truck” parked at Farragut Square and asked supporters to write to the city council and urge them to reject Gray’s proposed regulations.

The council is holding its first hearing on the proposal Friday.

“We’re showing the District the serious consequences of Mayor Gray’s proposal,” said Doug Povich, chairman of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington and Co-owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound-DC. “If passed, these regulations result in fewer choices and less competition, food trucks shutting down and food truck employees losing jobs.”

The food trucks picked Farragut Square as their location for Monday’s demonstration “because it’s an area of the District with both a thriving food truck community and brick-and-mortar restaurant industry,” according to the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington.

More than a dozen food trucks on a typical weekday gather at Farragut Square and serve thousands of meals per week, according to the association.

People can write a letter to the D.C. Council at http://www.SaveDCFoodTrucks.org.

The D.C. Food Truck Association's predictions of where food trucks would and would not be able to park under the city's latest proposed restrictions. (Credit: D.C. Food Truck Association)

The D.C. Food Truck Association’s predictions of where food trucks would and would not be able to park under the city’s latest proposed restrictions. (Credit: D.C. Food Truck Association)

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WNEW’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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