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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Illegal Mission Vendors 'Skeptical' of Proposed Changes to Street-Food Rules

Posted By on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Even if the city makes it easier for street-food vendors, this guy's unlikely to be moved. - DANSTER L./YELP
  • Danster L./Yelp
  • Even if the city makes it easier for street-food vendors, this guy's unlikely to be moved.

As we reported earlier today, there's a good chance San Francisco's street food laws will soon be amended to make it easier for vendors to become licensed, and increase the scope of where they can sell. But there's one group unlikely to take heart from any new law adopted by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors: illegal hot dog vendors in the Mission.

Snitch reporter Lauren Smiley writes that La Cocina director Caleb Zigas says so-called informal vendors are "skeptical" of the proposed changes. Smiley:

Although the new rules would allow them to operate on corners legally, state law still requires the vendors to have a covered cart to be able to grill the franks on site ― contraptions that can cost up to $30,000. "The fact remains that it's capital intensive," Zigas says. "To do really good food still requires $30,000 in capital for a trailer."

But there might be an alternative. Smiley says La Cocina has been talking with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development about launching a lease-to-own pushcart program ― La Cocina would buy carts and rent them to street vendors, like the controversial El Huarache Loco cart seemingly on hold for Dolores Park.

Read Smiley's full report at the Snitch.

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