DINER: Is The BCRFA Lobbying City Hall To Clamp Down On Vancouver’s Food Carts?

March 6, 2012.

Want a laugh? The Sun is reporting a non-story that says the BC Foodservices & Restaurant Association is warning City Hall to ease up on all the food carts.

“We’re getting to the point now where it’s pretty much at the maximum,” association president Ian Tostenson said Tuesday.

Um, what? It’s heartening to see that City Hall only politely nodded at Mr. Tostenson in response.  The BCRFA is a fine organisation (if a little out of touch), and they’ve done plenty to lobby the province against all the red tape facing local restaurants, but they really need to put the silly back in the jar on this one.

Tostenson agreed food carts serve a specific market of people wanting fast food on the go. But if there are too many, this could cause problems for established fast food restaurants.

Oh noes! Whatever happened to all’s fair in love and restaurants? This is hardly a serious challenge to the city. If anything, it’s a weak shot across the bow, and not a little illustrative of how out of touch the BCRFA is with Vancouver’s changing dining culture. Food carts are the best thing to happen to Vancouver’s food scene in a long, long time. Could Tostenson just be bridling because so few (if any) of them have decided to join the BCRFA? Many have actually banded together to launch their own association instead, and with the BCRFA looking after the interests of fast food restaurants, who can blame them?

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