|Picnic tables in front of Papa's Tapas on Wilshire|
I know being a restaurant owner is no picnic, but I despite my generally good feelings for councilman Tom LaBonge, I think his call for more regulations for food trucks-- including prohibiting them from using metered spaces at all -- is generally a poor idea. Take the stretch of Wilshire which seems to be the source of the most complaints. I've worked there for 15 years, and I've been complaining about the food around there for just as long. The lack of street life around there was dreary, considering that thousands of people work in the area and need to eat lunch. On Thursday our office building at 5900 Wilshire set up picnic tables in front of the piece of the Berlin Wall improbably propped up on the lawn. There were kids in strollers, office workers, museum visitors, all sharing tables and talking about which trucks they liked. It was worlds better than the sterile sidewalks with only a few chain restaurants of the previous 14 years. The petition put together by the Mobile Food Truck Vendors is up to nearly 6,000 signatures -- it couldn't hurt to sign it. Do you think the trucks require any more regulation than they already have?
|Veggie, garlic shrimp and beef tacos from Papa's Tapas|