From Louisville Street Food:
To all my fans: I have been telling everyone how Mayor Greg Fischer has been helping the food trucks and apparently I have had the wool pulled over my eyes. I was sent a copy of a press release last night that included a link to the new food truck ordinances and they didn’t take away from it, they left it the same and added to it. You would be appalled at everything thats required of me to run my simple, small, local business. Some of the requirements are:
1. Criminal Background and driving record checks on ALL my employees. (No other restaurant is required to do this)
2. $50 government vendor IDs for each employee I have that must be worn at all times in operation and said permits will NOT be issued if they have a criminal background. (No other restaurant is required to do this)
3. Drawn schematics, to scale, of every parking lot I sit in that show the location of the buildings, location of my truck, parking spaces, etc… and has to be labeled with distances. I could potentially go to 150+ locations a year.
4. Notarized written authorization to operate on that property from the actual property owner. (Sometimes these owners do not live in state)
These are the worst of them, there are many more that I really didn’t have a problem with. But in addition to commercial code plumbing on my truck and all the other floor plans, schematics, equipment lists, etc.. that I have to submit I now have to do something that no other local small business is required to do and thats have 10 year criminal background checks on every employee.
I have already been inspected 4 times in 6 months by the Health Department and never gotten less than a 94. Normal restaurants are inspected twice a year. I have been treated unfairly by the Health Department and other mobile food operations have been treated unfairly by the IPL. These ordinances went into effect 5 days ago and they kill every mobile food operation that you all are fans of. They END our business until we can get compliant.
Seems people are finally waking up. Just much later than when I tried to wake them up.
It’s almost as if people wanted to believe the hype rather than look at his years-long history of behavior and action.
This is what happens when you take Greg Fischer at his word and poo-poo the people questioning him and raising concerns: you get screwed.
Again, this is a perfect opportunity for Jim King to step in and show actual leadership and business acumen. Unfortunately, we all know that’s not going to happen.
And we wonder why there’s such a brain drain issue in Louisville.
84WHAS just fell for the spin:
New Rules Cut the Red Tape for Food Trucks
The new rules are already in effect. Mayor Fischer says not only does he want to encourage entrepreneurs, but food trucks add an element of energy to the street.