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Food Trucks May Become Legal in Alexandria
A public hearing marks a move to lift the ban. By Anna Spiegel
A public hearing may result in food trucks like Red Hook Lobster being able to serve more widely in Alexandria. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published May 15, 2014

Food truck fans in Alexandria may have access to their favorite meals on wheels, pending action by the City Council. Currently mobile vendors are virtually banned in the area, only allowed to serve customers at construction sites and permitted events. A public hearing on Saturday marks the first move to lift the restrictions. 

“The proposal lifts Alexandria’s near-total ban on food trucks and allows them to serve residents and workers on public streets and private property,” says Che Ruddell-Tabisola, executive director of the DMV Food Truck Association, in a release distributed Thursday. “We’re asking City Council to pass the complete proposal without delay.”

The proposed law would give food trucks more freedom to serve customers, both on public streets and private property, but also includes restrictions on serving in certain residential neighborhoods and other zones. Regulation isn’t always easy, as proven by years of back-and-forth policies in the District. Currently trucks must enter a lottery system and receive assigned areas where they can serve. 

The hearing will be held at 9:30 on Saturday at the Council Chamber of City Hall. 


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  • JoannaM

    I hope so! I used to work around the PTO and there were few lunch options that often got boring real quick. Alexandria workers could use food trucks and help small businesses!

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