According to figures by the City of Houston, Houston has experienced a 12% rise on self employment since 2008. Up to this day there are approx. 1,400 registered food trucks in Houston.
Food trucks are the creating of many small entrepreneurs who in times of financial crisis took the streets to offer their services. They provide not only to themselves but to the city and the community of Houston with their input back into the economy.
Many Houstonians don’t see the issue with the proposed changes, yet some restaurant owners consider it is not fair for the catering business because they believe food trucks are not to the same standard as many of these restaurants. Houston city center is proud of what it has to offer to tourist and Houstonians alike and restaurant owners believe a proliferation of food trucks in these areas will jeopardize their hard work and compromise the city standards.
Houston Greater Area Restaurant Association opposes to the changes. Members of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association see the changes as a move toward deregulation of the food truck industry.
Michael Shine, past president of the Association said the association’s biggest concern is allowing food truck vendors to add up to 3 tables and six chairs in front of their trucks.
“They see it, theoretically, as just splitting up a small pie. Members of the association don’t want this happening”, he said.
When they add seating, he said, they no longer are mobile, they are restaurants.
So it would seem like the power struggle to allow the changes in the Food Truck City Ordinance is in the hands of Mayor Annise Parker and it is only a matter of time, lobbying, and intense discussions that this matter will be resolved.
In the mean time Houstonians continue to enjoy an occasional bite at their favourite food trucks, which regulated or not have gained a secure place in Houstonian hearts. Find out on our next and last post about Houston Food trucks and the food they offer.