Well, they did it: this morning the city council signed off on proposed changes to the health codes that apply to food trucks. There are many picky regulations being instituted, including some new fees and mandatory route itineraries, but for the most part, the changes aren't nearly as bad as they could have been. The dreaded "central commissary" proposition, which almost maybe would have required vendors to have both a kitchen and a place to clean the vehicle, won't actually affect that many trucks. The language that was approved differentiates between unrestricted (mobile) and unrestricted fixed (stationary) vendors, leaving most Austin food trucks free of the requirement.
· Item No. 28 Recommendation for Council Action [City of Austin via KUT]
· City Hall Hustle: Go Foodie and Multiply [Chronicle]
South Congress trailers. [Photo: jslander / flickr]