The Future of Philadelphia Food Trucks This Summer is in Limbo
As of now there is no timetable for the return of Philadelphia food trucks according to Mayor Kenney. His administration has been weary about allowing food truck vendors to set up shop.
The Kenney administration stated they are approaching a “a more holistic review” on how they will approach the food truck situation. Philadelphia is the only jurisdiction in Pennsylvania to ban food trucks.
Last week city officials held a Zoom meeting with Philly Mobile Food Association president, Matt Rossi. The meeting went over a proposal to set up a rotation food trucks in private lots. This method would have food trucks aligned with traditional takeout. Rossi proposed that customers would place their orders in advance and then proceed to the trucks for pick up. However, it looks like the city was not a big fan of the proposal.
Although the Mayor stated that the quarantine will be lifted June 4th, food trucks rely heavily on the summer’s festival season. With most major festivals already canceling including Wawa Welcome America, the industry will take a major hit. John Fischer of Baby Blues BBQ in University City believes the summer will be a total wash. “Even if they reopen, we aren’t going to be able to do festivals and concerts,” he stated. Fischer already believes Made in America will be canceled.
The Mayor has yet to make a final decision regarding the future of Philly food trucks but for right now their season is parked.