Even though Seattle is the greatest city in the country, it does have some peculiarities that make it lacking in some areas. One of these areas is a vibrant street food culture.
In most large cities, street vendors are part of the landscape; a landscape that really helps add to the “energy” of the streets. Seattle, however, only has a few street vendors (such as Dog Japon), and they are rarely bustling with customers.
A new proposal aims to change that:
“A proposal aims to make Seattle more street food friendly. The Seattle City Council will soon consider an initiative that aims to bring more food trucks and carts into Seattle neighborhoods; however, some restaurant owners don’t like the idea.
Under the proposal, food vendors would be able to sell food along roadways in areas approved by the city. That’s different from the current set up which has food truck owners working out lease agreements with property owners in order to have a place to sell their food.
Another change under the proposal would allow food cart owners to expand their menus from the popcorn, hot dogs, coffee and flowers they are allowed to sell now …”
In my opinion, this would be a marvelous idea, but not everyone agrees.
“At Charlie’s Bar and Grill in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, owner Ken Bauer said he is concerned an increase in food vendors will mean an increase in trash for the area. Bauer does not want food truck patrons using his restrooms. He also said more food service is not needed in the area because a wide variety of food is already being sold, and he is concerned more competition could hurt business.”
Anyone who opposes competition because they fear it will hurt their own business is incredibly selfish. I understand that competition puts some fear and uncertainty into the competitors, which is natural, but I can’t believe that Bauer made this statement knowing he was going to be quoted in the local media. It’s embarrassing. That type of insecurity is something you should keep under your hat. For a neighborhood and its people, nothing could be better than competition. Especially competition among small, self-owned businesses.
If you are a good business, one with great quality, great service, and great prices … you’ll thrive in a competitive marketplace. If you want the market cornered, open your business in Centralia, not the residential center of the northwest’s largest city.
In any event, you can keep up with the latest street vending developments here: