Brooklyn’s Red Hook Lobster Truck Navigates the Twists and Turns of D.C.’s Street Food Culture
As I reported earlier, the owners of the Red Hook Lobster Pound in Brooklyn decided to launch a food truck in D.C. because they felt the District's bureaucracy was less burdensome than the Big Apple's. But as this week's Young & Hungry column shows, D.C. is not without its minor annoyances to street vendors.
One of them concerns the size of food trucks. The vehicles cannot be any longer than 18 and a half feet. Red Hook truck co-owner Douglas Povich provides some context on this limitation in a quote that didn't make it into the column:
“It’s a very restrictive size limit," Povich says. "You’re limited to 18 feet, six inches in length, eight feet in width and 10 feet in height. The people who are doing our trucks are the ones that have done the Sâuçá trucks and other trucks all around the country, and they’re saying D.C. is the most restricted in terms of length, which is probably understandable given they don’t want massive trucks cruising the streets because there’s not a lot of room down here.”
“But it is a trick to get everything you need to get in a truck in that size limitation,” he adds.
You can read the rest of the Red Hook lobster truck experience in this week's column.