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May 12, 2011

No more University of Maryland stops for food trucks?

It looks that way.

Chowhound Burger Wagon, Souper Freak, Iced Gems and the Gypsy Queen all made weekly stops near the corner of Baltimore and Greene streets to vend for to the university and hospital crowd.

But if food trucks are no longer allowed to operate Downtown (and it looks that way), the U of M stop will have to stop.

"Downtown Area" begins

the area beginning at a point of intersection at the northwest corner of W. Pratt Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard; binding on the west of said Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Boulevard and running in a northerly direction to a point of intersection with the north side of W. Franklin Street, thence running easterly along W. Franklin and N. Paca Streets; binding on the northern right-of-way line of Druid Hill Avenue running easterly crossing N. Eutaw Street in a straight line and continuing along the northern right-of-way line of Centre Street easterly to intersect the eastern right-of-way line of the Fallsway; thence binding on the eastern right-of-way line of the Fallsway running southerly to intersect the southern curbline of E. Fayette Street following the southern right-of-way of E. Fayette Street to the westerly right-of-way of the Jones Falls Boulevard to intersect the southern right-of-way of Pratt Street thence westerly to the point of beginning.


I got kind of lost at the southern curbline of E. Fayette Street but the way I read this, the popular food truck stop at Pratt and Commerce streets is now off limits, too.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 6:15 PM | | Comments (14)


Well, that sucks. *#(@*#&%ing politicians have to ruin everything.



So, it's better for a city trying to "fight the city's health problems" but making it hard for good food to vend and it easier to pop into one of the zillion fast food or convenience stores that seem to be on every corner downtown. How wise.

that's BS political gaming right there. Bring them all over to Hopkins Hospital we'll have te trucks!

Crack? YES! Food? NO!

I have a new start-up business that will circumvent all these laws by avoiding the streets entirely.

SUSHI CANOE! Serving the waterfront 'hoods.

Got sashimi?

Owlie, I will be first in line to dine from your canoe! But instead of sushi, could you sell burgers and cupcakes?

With all of the issues Baltimore needs to clean up -- they're going after food trucks? I guess unless something directly benefits the dope dealers and slumlords, it has to go?

Boooooooo. My office were regular customers of the Chowhound burger wagon on Commerce.

It's always sunny in Baltimore. I think a food truck that serves bbq crow should park in front of city hall.

seems like all these trucks said they're going to their usual friday spots....

i wonder what's going to happen...

I don't understand why there is so much politics.

Food truck flash mob.

I don't understand why there are so many Samsung Tablet PCs.

I work at UMB, and I can tell you, this is being pushed by the university and the hospital to protect their monopolies on crappy over-priced food and lousy service -- especially on the food court in the hospital, where the workers can be some really rude, ignorant individuals.

The hospital admins and the university have been screwing the hot dog cart vendors for almost three years now to preserve their own food service investment.

Of course, given how they treat regular staff there -- and especially contract workers -- this is not surprising. It's BOHICA at UMB.

But they have the money for new logos, so its all worth it I guess.

This is a travesty -- I blame the mayor. This should be a simple issue. Do you think New York City bans food trucks "downtown"??? City Hall is top to bottom full of IPAs -- idiots in positions of authority -- as someone else commented when some moron originally was threatening to shut down the trucks. Hey businesses, YOU'RE NOT WELCOME HERE!!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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