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Food trucks finding it hard to set up shop

Few spots in Toronto comply with the new permit rules

Toronto’s food trucks are hitting a few bumps in the road when it comes to the new permits.

Randy Kangal of Randy's Roti was the first to buy the permit about a month ago but says he’s losing money.

The permits are $5000 per year and call for food trucks to set up at least 50 metres away from any restaurant. That’s the rule that’s causing problems for people like Kangal.

“We are getting hassled by restaurant owners and coffee shops who are complaining that we’re too close,” he said.

The community manager at torontofoodtrucks.ca says out of over 50 trucks in the city, less than 10 have opted for the annual permit. Caspar Yue tells Newstalk 1010 that there are only a handful of spots in the city that food trucks are able to use. Some areas include 10 Bay Street and the intersection of Queen and University.

Meanwhile Councillor Cesar Palacio, chair of the licensing committee, says he personally hasn't heard of any complaints.

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  1. john posted on 06/24/2014 11:46 AM
    bet there is no pick nick for the brick and mortar places . it will only get worse before it gets better . with the Wynne government it is going to get a lot worse .
  2. dama posted on 06/24/2014 07:17 PM
    In GTA, food truck will not be very successful, there are too many restrictions even with the new law that city councillors passed recently..

    With the 50 metres restriction within a restaurant, you cannot find a spot in the city to set up your truck and do your business without brick and mortar business complaining..

    Good Eat is nice to watch in North America but In Toronto.. soon many trucks will go belly up..
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