Buffalo, N.Y. - It has been a heated battle between restaurant owners and food truck operators. Brick and mortar restaurants feel the trucks are steeling business and should be regulated.
In the beginning of the month, a committee with people on both sides of the issue was formed to discuss rules for the trucks. The group will hear from the public, Tuesday.
At this point, restaurant owners support a proposal that restricts the trucks to pre-designated areas called "PODS". Truck operators said this goes against their "mobile" business model. Mobile restaurant operators do say they will support a rule that trucks must stay at least 100 feet away from those restaurants.
"One hundred feet away from any brick and mortar, we're ok with it. Fort Lauderdale has a 15 feet restriction and in New York City it's 20 feet," Attorney for Western New York Food Truck Association Miles Greshan said.
Other issues that will be discussed are annual licensing fees for the truck as well as health and safety regulations. The committee has until November to submit recommendations for these rules.
The public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. at Buffalo City Council Chambers.