Montreal Lifts Ban on Street Food

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MONTREAL — The city of Montreal is lifting its 65-year-old ban on street food, with plans to create unique street cuisine “à la montréalaise.”

“We will look into locations and determine the type of food, and the objective is not to have direct competition with the actual restaurants from the commercial streets,” said Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum at a news conference.

Meanwhile, The Canadian Restaurant and Food services Association (CRFA) prefers that customers decide on the food and locations served. “It’s not for the city to decide. It’s the customers who should call the shots,” said Jean Lefebvre, the CRFA’s VP, Quebec, as quoted by globalnews.ca.

According to the city, there are 10 downtown sites planned for the summer. Street-food vendors will be associated with an already established restaurant to maintain food safety.

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