Young and Hungry

The Red Tape Gap: Just One Reason Why D.C. Restaurants Hate Food Trucks

"Restaurant outdoor dining necessitates 18 different reviews prior to obtaining a public space license, there does appear to be a disparity between such a lengthy regulatory process and using public space almost at will."—Lynne Breaux, executive director of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, explaining her organization's position on food trucks to the Washington Post

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Alex

    Solution: ELIMINATE/STREAMLINE THE EFFING RED TAPE FOR THE RESTAURANTS. But that would be too difficult a solution for the DC government to handle. It's better to regulate the food trucks (which the consumers want) out of business.

  • moron


    You're an idiot.

  • beth

    How many steps of red tape do food trucks have to go through before they can hit the street? Chris, why not vet and compare before reporting the soundbite?

  • Alex


    Yes, I'm an idiot for desiring an effecient local government. Sorry, I'll fall in line and keep cheering for the status quo, which causes delay in opening and operating a business, which in turn eats away at capital and cuts off potential revenue and continues to make it so only those who are already wealthy or beholden to a large group of investors can afford to open brick and mortar businesses in this city.


  • Josh, PORC Truck

    As a fellow food service industry person, I agree with Lynne that the process for sidewalk seating is outrageous. As a food truck owner, I have to laugh at her feeble attempt to once again try to get rid of food trucks.

    Hey Lynne, it took us 8 months to get through all the red tape to open our truck. Other trucks were even worse. And because of you and your ilk, we're constantly harassed. Too bad RAMW didn't embrace food trucks so that we could all fight silly DC regulations and bureaucracy together. Instead, they aim to take out 80 (read: food trucks) of the 4500 or so food establishments in the city.

  • copperred

    If the restaurants are having such issues, why not roll out their own trucks? They're not losing much business since there can't be much overlap for restaurants with insanely slow service at lunch that's at higher cost to me versus somewhere I can get a decent meal for far less money in far less time.