Do you like food trucks? The city wants to know

Do you like food trucks? The city wants to know

If you’ve ever lamented the scarcity of food trucks downtown, now’s your chance to gripe about it in a way that could actually make a difference. Until October 31, the city is asking the public to weigh in on the ongoing Toronto food truck saga by filling out an online survey. The findings will help inform a new draft bylaw that should be ready by March 2014. Among the issues up for debate: the current moratorium on downtown food truck licenses; the possible effect of curbside food trucks on traffic flow; and, perhaps most contested, whether to set a minimum distance between trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants, some of whom are worried about mobile snack houses swooping in and poaching their customers. Scott Fraser, the owner of the Hogtown Smoke truck, pooh-poohed the latter point at a town hall meeting on Tuesday: “The reality is, nobody’s going to walk by my truck on the way to Mortons and say: ‘Damn, I’m not going for a steak. I’m going to have a pulled pork sandwich tonight.’”