Well, here we go….I’ve noticed that so much of this site is inappropriately named in my opinion. Is this really a "Restaurant Professionals’ Forum?" It doesn’t seem to be. No, what it seems to be is a site devoted to those individuals selling food, especially hot dogs, from mobile carts, trucks, vans etc.
So many of the questions posed seem to be so basic that you have to wonder why the site is being called "Restaurant Professional Forum?" Questions on such basics as what type of equipment to use? How to cook french fries? How to find a good location?
I really think the name of this site needs to changed. To what, I have no idea. Maybe, "Basic Information on entering the F&B field?" "Mobile Cart Forum? Sorry folkes, but this is definitely not a resource for those "in the business" looking for advanced industry information, contacts, gaining answers to day to day operations predicaments, etc.
And that brings me to my second comment…regarding "Street Vendors" after viewing that taco video. In Pittsburgh (name any big city for that matter) there is an area of the town called The Strip District. It’s a 10 block long span of food related stores. But, intermixed with these stores on the sidewalks are street vendors selling all sorts of food items from carts.
These street vendors pay no rent..They pay no insurance..They pay no city taxes…they pay no workman’s compensation, they pay no refuse collection fees, etc, etc. etc. Yet, they feel perfectly justified in setting up on the sidewalks literally in front of restaurant owners’ (RESTAURANT PROFESSIONALS) businesses that do have all these financial obligations. And, the City of Pittsburgh has allowed this. They cite "flavor" and "character" as some of the reasons for allowing this.
Do you feel street vendors should be allowed to ply their trade in front of established businesses? I’m sure those of you, who operate carts, will say yes!! Sadly, and back to my point on this site, I doubt there are enough real restaurant owners here to respond who can offer the opposing view…Like I said, I feel this site is totally misnamed.
Not interesting in fighting with you "cart" people. Everyone has to have a chance to make a living, but at whose expense? I blame the municipalities for not protecting these established businesses that help support their city. They simply should not allow street vendors to compete in areas where these businesses are trying to operate. I feel it is totally unfair.