What’s for lunch? There’s no easy answer in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, Va., and that’s a good thing. The blocks surrounding the metro are a hot spot for food trucks, with up to seven different vendors setting up shop on weekdays. The lineup changes daily, offering customers an array of inexpensive and innovative food—there’s a Mongolian-Russian-American fusion truck, for instance.
Yet some of the local restaurants want to start a food fight. Last month representatives from roughly a dozen eateries met to discuss their opposition to the food trucks. They’re cooking up a list of policy demands to present to local officials in the coming months, proposals that are likely to include restrictions on when and where the truck operators can ply their trade.
It remains to be seen whether this campaign will succeed, but there is reason to worry. Across the country, politicians and bureaucrats have put speed bumps—and even walls—in the way of food trucks, and the restrictions go far beyond the understandable health and safety rules.