Business & Economy,
June 18th, 2012
By Micheline Maynard
Foodies think of New Orleans as one of the top cities in the world. But there’s one place it isn’t in the game: food trucks.
This morning, I write about food trucks’ plight in New Orleans for The Atlantic Cities. It turns out there is a huge list of hurdles that food trucks have to clear in order to hit the streets. For instance, they can’t operate in the French Quarter or the Central Business District, or park in one spot for more than 30 minutes.
A newly formed food truck coalition is trying to push for reform, but some restaurant owners are fighting back just as hard.
One way around the restrictions is to operate via a catering license. That’s what one new company, Brigade Coffee, is doing. It operates from a sweet-looking Citroen H Van, which its owners bought in Belgium. And, it’s teamed up with a new local business, The Company Burger, which lets Brigade Coffee use its parking lot.