Photo by Jonathan Cooper

Photo by Jonathan Cooper

We read this week that the City has released more information about the long-awaited new street vendors.  For the first time in my lifetime cart vendors will be able to sell food other than pre-cooked hot dogs or sausages.  The Star has the best graphic of what’s going to be served where.

I’m happy with the idea behind this initiative but it has been horribly implemented.  Margaret Wente and Chris Selley both have good takes on how this was mishandled.  Their complaints and those of others include: all the locations are in a narrow band near Yonge Street; there are too few locations; menu changes must be approved by City Hall; the original menus had to pass a taste test by “celebrity chefs”; all protein must be pre-cooked; and there is no peameal bacon sandwich vendor.  I’ll add that I think there should have been much more latitude for restaraunteurs who already operate an inspected facility to add a remote food cart to their operation.  Jamie Kennedy, on occasion, sells his fries at the Brickworks Farmers’ Market–imagine how great it would be if he had the opportunity to do the same from a cart.

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