Houston Mobile Food Unit, a collective formed by a group of 26 food truck owners, announced their plans to lobby Houston City Council for changes in the ordinances that regulate their businesses. Specifically, they want to be able to park within 60 feet of each other, park next to existing seating and provide some limited seating of their own.
"Houston has earned a reputation for supporting local establishments and fostering the growth of businesses, both large and small", says Joe Phillips, co-owner of Oh my! Pocket Pies, in a press release. "Approving changes to support mobile food units will directly contribute to the success of local, small businesses, and will allow them to grow, strengthening our city's economy."
Although the Houston Restaurant Association is likely to oppose these changes, organizer J.R. Cohen tells the Houston Press that he's not discouraged. "I think we have a very good chance of getting the majority of these changed. It's really important that people support this and them signing the petition greatly helps our chances."
Food trucks fans are encouraged to use MFU's website to contact Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council members.
· Houston MFU [Official Site]
· Mobile Vendors Get Mobilized to Combat Food Truck Laws [Eating Our Words]