Well Milwaukee, you have done it again. Take something totally awesome. Something that thrives in other cities and you poop on its awesome. According to WISN12:
Milwaukee officials banned food trucks from an area downtown because their popularity has been causing safety issues, according to the Department of Public Works.I feel that Food Trucks are just another way for America's small business owners to get their start. More than safety issues, I personally feel that the brick and mortar establishments are the real reason this has been banned. They are jealous of the business that a truck generates. But in reality, if I want to grab a quick bite, I am going to go to a truck, grab it and run. I wouldn't have wanted a sit down lunch. In that situation, I don't have the time to kill. Anyway...I am friends with Scott Baitinger, the owner of STREETZA PIZZA and he posted this to their Facebook page this morning...
A handful of food trucks have been congregating on Cathedral Square for lunch each Friday, but safety concerns brought up by Milwaukee police prompted the ban.
DPW officials said a pilot permit program will allow Milwaukee food trucks a permanent spot adjacent to Red Arrow Park.
The Food Truck Cookbook author John Edge said he has told many cities that they should look at Madison, Wis., as an example of how to deal with the growing industry.
"They wanted to build a United Nations of food, with the idea that food is a portal to culture," he said.
Fast Foodie owner Jackie Valentlucca said food trucks are very different than any brick and mortar restaurant.
"It's apples and oranges, quite honestly," Valentlucca said.
For the record, Streetza has been a loooong time supporter of IronCupcake and I am now working with Scott in my day-job at Verlo. But, I feel that his letter sums up the situation and I would hate to see Milwaukee make another mistake as creativity is just beginning to blossom. With or without wheels, the strongest businesses will survive.