SAY GOODBYE TO HOBOKEN (FOOD TRUCKS)

It doesn’t quite have the same ring as Say Goodbye To Hollywood, but it has the same effect.

Wednesday night, after many months of back-and-forth, Hoboken passed a draconian new food truck law.

The new law  includes significantly increased fees, stipulates that no more than three trucks can be parked on one block, and requires truck owners to install a GPS device (!)  in their vehicles.  How Big Brother of them!

Food truck owners will have to pay a $500 registration fee, plus a $2,500 annual enforcement fee.  Between that and the other restrictions, all the food truck owners we spoke with will be leaving Hoboken.

Trucks are allowed to park at a metered spot for eight hours a day, of which no more than six hours can be spent at one meter.  This means a truck cannot serve lunch and dinner in the same place, and will have to spend twice as long each day setting up and breaking down.

Trucks aren’t allowed to park within 75 feet from a brick and mortar establishment with a menu.

With all the discussion over the past year, vendors saw this coming and tried to rally support, but the restaurant lobby was just too strong.  Now they will be looking for greener pastures.

Cinnamon Snail obtained a NYC permit last December and will be coming into the city more often.  Two Pitas In A Pod will spend more time in Newark and Jersey City, and is looking for more events to attend.  The Taco Truck already has a small restaurant and a deal with the New York Red Bulls, but will be exploring other options for the truck as well.

To put a positive spin on a bad situation, Hoboken’s loss is everyone else’s gain.



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A_Hoboken_Guy - March 9, 2012

So long and thanks for all the new parking. Our streets were not designed to be a free all day parking lot for you to hock your wares from.

The people of Hoboken have a fair amount of disposable income and access to lots of places to order food from. The end results is someone else will get our business and we get the parking spots back that you were squatting in.

But good luck where ever you end up

A.L. Bell - March 15, 2012

This is very sad. There are a lot of restaurants in Southeast Hoboken, but they don’t meet the needs of workers who want to grab a quick, cheap, reasonably healthy bite to eat very well.

The big winner here will be peanut jelly sandwiches brought from home, not brick-and-mortar restaurants.

admin - March 15, 2012

The real beneficiaries are Jersey City, Newark and NYC, where the trucks are moving to.

Lindy - March 18, 2012

Not only were the City Council and Parking Director completely unresponsive to the citizens who were against this ordinance, but they are clearly all in the back pockets of the expensive brick and mortar restaurants. I’ll miss the trucks a lot, and I won’t be going out to eat more. Fresh Direct and King’s will benefit from this, because I’ve already started packing my lunch. Way to ruin one of the most fun things in Hoboken. Our local government is a joke.

Lindy - March 18, 2012

Not only were the City Council and Parking Director completely unresponsive to the citizens who were against this ordinance, but they are clearly all in the back pockets of the expensive brick and mortar restaurants. I\’ll miss the trucks a lot, and I won\’t be going out to eat more. Fresh Direct and King\’s will benefit from this, because I\’ve already started packing my lunch. Way to ruin one of the most fun things in Hoboken. Our local government is a joke.

TruckSpotting - November 19, 2012

TruckSpotting is a company that provides GPS services to food trucks in Chicago and we would love to work with Hoboken. The cost is only $25/month and gets your truck’s location onto our website and iphone/android apps. Please contact us for more information. service@truckspotting.com.

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