Brick and mortar restaurants should be protected from food trucks: Tunney

A proposal to buffer restaurants and retail stores from food trucks would virtually eliminate the ability of the vehicles to operate in the Lincoln Square retail area due to the number of restaurants.

The owner of Ann Sather’s restaurant, Ald. Tom Tunney, demanded Chicago protect brick and mortar restaurants from mobile food truck competition, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Under a proposal, mobile food trucks would be able to prepare food at the time of serving. Currently all food is prepared in advance.

The ordinance calls for food trucks to be restricted from operating within 200 feet of a restaurant and 100 feet of a retail store that sells food, the article notes. Tunney would not tell the Sun-Times his proposed buffer.

A Google map of the Lincoln Square mall seems to indicate that it would be virtually impossible for a food truck to operate anywhere within the business area of the business district under the buffer currently under consideration.

The ordinance change pits Tunney against another local alderman, Scott Waguespack. Waguespack had introduced the ordinance last year. Waguespack also sponsored the ordinance this session.

Read the Chicago Sun-Times article.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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