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Should Edina Allow Food Trucks?

The city is asking residents what they think about allowing food trucks in Edina.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Food trucks are currently prohibited in Edina, but the city is asking residents to share their thoughts on whether to change the law governing the mobile restaurants.

Edina is hosting a discussion on its online engagement website, “Speak Up, Edina!,” through the end of January.

“We’ve been approached in the past by a few people regarding allowing food trucks in Edina,” said Jeff Brown, Community Health Administrator, in a statement. “With this online discussion, we will be able to gather resident feedback and have a better understanding of what the community wants to see.”

So far, resident feedback has been mixed, with some comments describing food trucks as a "fun way to get residents out and about in the city" and others worrying that they could "take business away from the many brick and mortar restaurants that already operate in Edina."

Log on to Speak Up, Edina to share your answers to the city's questions:
  • Currently, food trucks are prohibited in Edina. Would you support a change in local law to allow food trucks in Edina? Why or why not?
  • Should there be protection in place for brick-and-mortar businesses against mobile food trucks? If so, what?
  • If food trucks were allowed, should they be restricted to certain areas of the City? Where would you like to see them?
  • If food trucks were licensed in Edina, should the City limit the number of licenses available every year? Why or why not?
  • When should food trucks be allowed? Only during summer, events, all year, or something else? What about time of day?
Eric Anondson January 01, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Yes. First, far fewer residents will be eating from food trucks. The people who work in Edina will be the ones most often eating there. Second, it is a canard that food trucks take away from existing restaurants customer base. What happens more often is that more customers are drawn to the area because of even larger options.
David F January 01, 2014 at 11:01 PM
They could use the parking at the Braemar Ice Arena for food trucks. There are no food outlets in the area. Most other parts of the city are too congested. How did this concept come up?
Eric Anondson January 02, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Put the food trucks where there aren't people? Uh.
Mike B. January 02, 2014 at 11:19 AM
There are indeed few places to eat in Southwest Edina. But in general, a good idea.... just as long as the Edina City Council's liberal members don't start outlawing colas, desserts, or anything else they and their food police allies decide is unhealthful.
David F January 02, 2014 at 12:21 PM
The Braemar Ice arena and ball fields attract large amounts of people in the evenings and weekends that could easily support these food trucks if they served what people wanted to eat. The one problem is winter when people would probably not venture outside to get food.
David F January 02, 2014 at 01:02 PM
This food truck issue is a pretty soft issue. The city of Boston just passed a ban on smoking of tobacco in city parks. Why doesn't the city take on issues that a true impact on the residents of Edina instead of things like food trucks.

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