Edina opens online forum to discuss city's ban on food trucks

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The city of Edina is asking citizens for their thoughts on mobile dining
Will Edina, the city with a standing prohibition on food trucks, finally start to reconsider its stance on the overwhelmingly popular mobile restaurants? The short answer is: not any time soon. While the city of Edina has made it clear that they're not currently proposing any changes to the current food truck rules, they have opened up an online discussion to let the citizens of Edina give their input on the subject.

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Should food trucks be allowed at 50th & France?
The city has what it calls an "online engagement site" called Speak Up, Edina!, where questions are posed to the general public. This month they've opened a discussion on whether the people of Edina actually want a food truck presence. Citizens now have until January 31 to go to the website and address the issue head-on in an online forum that so far has five topics surrounding the issue and a total of 51 responses.

The topics up for discussion include whether people support food trucks; if allowed, what hours should food trucks be allowed to operate; and where the trucks should be allowed to conduct business. So far the majority of the commenters seem to be largely supportive of food trucks, although several mention certain caveats.

One commenter, who is in support of the trucks, suggests Edina should "focus them on the parts of the city where there is not already an abundance of food outlets, or at corporate, school, church, or park based events." Another says, "If done properly, I believe food trucks will attract people to areas and increase sales in businesses, including restaurants. There should be limits on locations, hours, and number."

Another commenter, identifying himself as a VP at Parasole, has taken a negative stance on the trucks. According to his comment, "I am with Parasole Restaurant Holdings. We operate several restaurants in Edina. We are of the mind that food trucks take business away from the many brick-and-mortar restaurants that already operate in Edina. Edina's current restaurants are first class and offer great diversity. I also believe the trucks tend to be noisy and take away from the ambiance of the neighborhoods."

The moderator for the discussion, identified as Jordan Gilgenbach, posted a message he received from An Nguyen, owner of Rice Paper, located at 50th and France. According to the restaurateur's letter, "it is extremely difficult just to compete and survive with the multitude of existing restaurants at 50th and France. To now be subjected to the possibility of competition from food trucks, which operate with a fraction of the investment and overhead as well as only maintain their presence in fair weather, is truly unfair."

These arguments likely sound familiar to those in the downtown Minneapolis area, where brick-and-mortar restaurants have been fairly vocal about their stance on food trucks. Will the city of Edina eventually give in to consumer demand, or will the voices of the local brick-and-mortars win out? Only time will tell, but if you live in Edina, now is your chance to speak your mind.

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ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

I have lived in Edina for 20+ years so I have seen Edina grow at a conservative pace. The online forum is evidence of that. I am not sure where the food trucks would set up. Southdale, Centennial Lakes, Cornellia Park water slide.  I do patronize the food trucks downtown so I am not anti food truck. I suggest the citizens of Edina should decide. It is our city. 

bkmnus
bkmnus

And that is why I will gladly spend my money at the food trucks that operate as part of the Fulton farmers market three blocks away from the Edina border.


It sounds like some places just want to rest on their laurels and fear that better eats may come off of a truck.

Padre Pienbique
Padre Pienbique

I want them here- Come to St Johns Ave: I don't think the cops even know where this street is!

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Apparently Edina is only interested in Big Business chains and not the little guy. So much for the "free market".

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

It really isn't fair to current restaurant owners to allow food trucks. I've worked for two different small business owners in my life, both food places. The owners aren't rich by any means.  Even the big chains often have local owners. If more and more food trucks are allowed you'll see more and more empty storefronts and a big loss in desperately needed property taxes. The empty storefronts are proven to be contagious and they attract criminals. People should think about what kind of neighborhood they want before they say yay for food trucks.

Marty Richie
Marty Richie

You can't control what the market demands! Food trucks will continue to kill weak restaurants the same as Netflix killed blockbuster, it's the market. Cities like Edina and Bloomington fear them because it's a threat to their tax dollars. Place like subway in the MOA are paying upwards of $35,000 a year, that's one small little place so can you imagine what the total annual dollar at stake looks like.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Welcome to the great land of the United state. This is how laws were meant to be decided. Laws representing the views of the people within the voting area. If you don't like then move to Zimbabwe. Smaller government is never a bad thing.

Grill Works Truck
Grill Works Truck

Seems like a double standard to me. Restaurants are Ok, food trucks are not?

Melissa Barnes
Melissa Barnes

Diamond tennis bracelets don't look nice with mustard.

eddogg67
eddogg67

Edina should just surround themselves with high walls and guard towers. Let them be their own damn city state. The pretentious jerkoffs can then be on their own private island so to speak!

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

I get it. I think its primarily because they perfer business stay within the city for a higher value stand point...... that I do understand. however, I love the ability to get different food without traveling far like a food truck offers! and the food is always delicious. but Edina is a bit of older money who are accustomed to a certain way. so I am not surprised at all.

Kris Raff
Kris Raff

.E.very.D.ay.I.N.eed.A.ttention...

brill029
brill029

"To now be subjected to the possibility of competition from food trucks, which operate with a fraction of the investment and overhead as well as only maintain their presence in fair weather, is truly unfair."


I AM THREATENED BY A SUPERIOR BUSINESS MODEL, SAVE ME GOVERNMENT!

Pete St Martin
Pete St Martin

Gotta change with the times. No one selling covered wagons is trying to ban cars.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Edina has many outdated laws regarding business that reinforce the "snooty suburb" stereotype it often gets. Change!!

Leif Lundeen
Leif Lundeen

Surprised Edina hasn't requested a diamond covered gate around the town to keep horrible things like food trucks, city people, etc out.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Food trucks don't belong in suburbia? Why would a businessperson not want to serve all the commercial business parks in suburbia during lunch? Seems like Capitalism 101.

Steve
Steve

The VP of Parasole's concerns over Edina's laws are curious, considering the restaurants operating at 50th & France are only a stone's throw from the Mpls border where food truck restrictions are limited. Chef Shack operates every Saturday when the Fulton Farmers Market is in season, and this is a mere 3-4 block walk from their establishments. I'm hopeful the food truck ban will go the way of the happy hour ban in Edina.

-Steve, an Edina Resident, and apparently a pretentious f**k.

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

I love food trucks, but they don't belong in suburbia as a permanent fixture. The premise for food trucks is restaurant style variety in densely populated urban business areas. I could see them allowing food trucks for special events such as carnivals, concerts, etc. but not for daily service.

balance55113
balance55113

Edina sucks anyway! A bunch of pretentious fucks!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

More like Edina is protecting their tax payers and people that have paid licenses and fees to them for years in order to be ALLOWED to sell food out of a building in Edina. To allow a food truck to park in front of one of their restaurants is a slap in the face to the people who pay the bills for Edina. Also where would people eat in the winter after all the indoor restaurants go bankrupt?

Those big business chains you speak of are actually owned locally too and they pay for your cities through their property taxes.



midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Except it's not the market. A brick and mortar owner has way more expenses. For a true market competition either regs and fees need to be reduced on shop owners or either regs and fees need to go way up on food trucks. Right now the government basically has brick and mortar owners hand's tied behind their backs with regulations.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Nobody is forcing you to come to Edina. Stay in your trailer park in Circle Pines. You belong there. We are doing just fine without people like you. Edina only has municipal liquor stores and that is another thing I like about Edina. Edina is very selective when it issues liquor licenses  and I like that also.. If it was not for the rift raff that comes to Southdale to commit crimes Edina would have an even lower crime rate than the already low crime rate it currently has.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@brill029Are you going to pay higher property taxes or higher rent to pay your landlord's taxes when all the small business owners currently paying taxes shut down because you want to stuff your face at a food truck instead of a table? That is what it will come down to. That is what you should be asking yourself.

chuckmcgu
chuckmcgu

@Steve Don't really like food trucks, but really like the signature


Snag
Snag

Speaking as someone who grew up in Edina and now lives in Circle Pines:


1. There aren't any trailer parks in Circle Pines;

2. Many of the people who live in Circle Pines, and in trailer parks, are just as smart, hard-working, and law-abiding as their counterparts in Edina; and

3. If you wanted to be a caricature of the reason people don't like Edina, mission accomplished.

Snag
Snag

@ron.fresquez


Circle Pines is simply the post office for 55014. None of the parks is in the city. Restwood is in Blaine. Paul Revere is in Lexington. Baldwin Lake Estates is in Lino Lakes. That said, there are decent people in all those places, as well as jerks. Just like Edina.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@Snag  

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