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Old 04-23-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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I know some cities are & some aren't. Is anyone familiar with this? Think food trucks, hot dog stands, etc.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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My rough guess is they are not, otherwise we would see a lot of them.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:10 PM
 
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Seems like it may be an untapped market especially during Sundown and various other festivals in downtown.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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My guess the reason we don't see them is because of "permits and licenses". You could check with the City and the Health Dept for information.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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My 2 cents is the weather. It makes it difficult to make a living with the winters (and recent rain) we have here. If one could plan for the time off during the winter then they would be fine having a cart downtown. When I was on Jury Duty at the federal court downtown we were limited in choices; a taco wagon or hot dog cart would have been fun.
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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If it's the weather, then why are there so many in New York City? They operate there 12 months a year.
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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If it's the weather, then why are there so many in New York City? They operate there 12 months a year.
True. Nashville has a lot too. And "rainy Portland" is sorta king of the mobile food scene these days too. DC has a lot as well.

I bet it has to do with permits & where they're allowed to go & for how long they can stay. That's usually what it comes down to as I understand it.
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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Speculation drives me straight up the wall.

They are permitted but they must keep moving unless they are conducting a transaction.

http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/downlo...dorlicense.pdf
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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LOL, I was waiting to see who would be first on the weather comment! Here in Knoxvegas people just don't get out and about like they do in bigger cities like NY. Here many people go from car to work and take their lunch or order in. In NY, many are much more used to walking. People don't run from their homes to their cars and then into work in bigger cities like they do here. Also, bigger cities mean bigger populations. For instance, Nashville has more carts and it has a bigger city vibe than Knoxville. Just my 2 cents. Hey, I am all for anything anyone wants to do; I truly don't have a problem with it. It's gonna have to be really good food for me though to bundle up and get out in it when I can heat up my Lean Cuisine or open a lunchbox or order delivery.
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Speculation drives me straight up the wall.

They are permitted but they must keep moving unless they are conducting a transaction.

http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/downlo...dorlicense.pdf
That's interesting. There's a hot dog vendor on the U.T. campus who apparently does quite well (and his hot dogs are phenomenal). Even though it's on campus, he's still on a city sidewalk next to a city street, and he is most definitely stationary.
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