OTTAWA — Next summer Ottawa’s street-food scene will include more than hotdogs and fries, as the city approved the introduction of 20 new food trucks and carts.The new spaces will be allocated by a selection committee comprised of restaurateurs and a public health official; a key requirement is that their menu is interesting. “The panel is meant to ensure the best and most creative new vendors get a crack at one of the 20 new spaces,” reads Ottawa’s EMC News, reporting on Coun. Mark Taylor’s comments about the street vendor program.
But some councillors have taken issue with the panel. “I don’t think it’s the role of the municipal government to tell people what they must serve or can serve on their menu,” Coun. Rick Chiarelli is quoted as saying by Metro Ottawa.
New vendors will be allowed to use slightly larger carts or trucks but must remain farther than 46 metres from any food establishment.