Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Council’

Food Truck Rules Pass D.C. Council

The heated four-year debate over food truck regulations appears to be finally coming to a close: The D.C. Council voted this afternoon to approve final amendments to the mobile vending rules. The Council made a few notable changes. It reduced the buffer area around so-called "mobile roadway vending zones" with designated spots for food trucks from […]

D.C. Council Wants More Work on Food Truck Regulations

By hour three of today's D.C. Council hearing on proposed food truck regulations, things weren't looking so good for the rules as written. The three councilmembers who appeared at the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs hearing all said the regulations need some work if they're going to move forward. The problem is that the Council […]

Greasing the Wheels of Government: Biofuel Mogul Pitches His Restaurant Fryer-Oil Plan

Wendell Jenkins, the guy building a $4.2 million bio-diesel plant in Northeast D.C., appeared before D.C. Council on Monday in the hopes of inking a deal to provide the local government with fuel made from recycled restaurant grease. WRC-TV via WAMU has the full details. Neighborhood Restaurant Group, owners of Birch & Barley/ChurchKey, among other […]

DC Brau’s Brewery Tasting Permit Bill Introduced to D.C. Council

The District's beer landscape has changed since the 1950s when the city last had an operating production brewery. Beer drinkers back when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president likely had little interest in knowing much about the behind-the-scenes work of a brewery or visiting what was little more than a factory. But today's craft drinker is […]

Cheh Introduces Letter-Grade Rating Bill for Restaurants

Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh has introduced legislation that might make you think twice before entering a restaurant, eatery, or other establishment that sells food. The Democrat from Forest Hills would like D.C. restaurants to display letter grades based on a Department of Health inspection and other health-safety assessments. “Posting health grades gives consumers […]

Lobster Hawkers Wade Into Neighborhood Name Game

While it's not really news that the Red Hook Lobster Pound's D.C. truck will be stationed for lunch near 19th and L streets NW—good luck finding parking!—it might be worth noting that the Brooklyn-based lobster folks are confused about what neighborhood they'll be serving. (And they'll have "[s]hrimp, warm lobster, clam chowder & hot cider!") […]

This Just In: Plan to Tax D.C. Food Trucks on Tap

My Washington City Paper colleague, Lydia DePillis, reports that there's a plan being pushed by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and the Apartment and Office Building Association to "slap a moratorium on the number of food trucks on D.C. streets, and tax those that remain." Additionally, another colleague, Alan Suderman, […]

Curbside Cookoff Starts Today at CityCenterDC

UPDATED: 11:46 a.m. 10/7/2010 It's a celebration of the city's emerging food truck culture, yes. But the inaugural Curbside Cookoff is also a political statement for many of the participants, who hope it will resonate with D.C. Council members whenever they decide to tackle the contentious vending regulations this fall. Twenty of the city's favorite […]

Last Week’s Greatest Hits on Young & Hungry

D.C. Beer Week had a little of everything — and a lot of a hoppy beverages — but the beer nerd's answer to Restaurant Week still took a backseat to the District's other hot trend: food trucks. The Red Hook Lobster Pound truck continues to hog all the attention, but  Y&H readers also took an […]

Tell D.C. Council Not to Restrict Street Food Vending in the District

If you've been following Twitter today, you know that local food trucks have been asking more of you than usual. These new mobile vendors are collectively banding together to make their voices heard at the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and, by extension, the D.C. Council. And they need your help. They realize […]