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SOUND OFF: Are Food Trucks in Newton a Good Idea?

Three aldermen have officially docketed an item to discuss food trucks in Newton -- but what do you think?

From crepes to kimchi, sausage to shawarma -- food trucks are creeping their way into a city near you. 

How about Newton? 

Aldermen Ted Hess-Mahan, Amy Sangiolo and Greer Tan Swiston have officially docketed an item proposing an ordinance "promoting economic development and the mobile food truck industry in the city of Newton." The item will be considered by the Programs & Services, Public Facilities, Zoning and Planning and Finance committees before it goes before the full Board of Aldermen.

Although the discussion is still in the early stages, we want to know what you think: Are food trucks in Newton a good idea? 

Over the summer, we posed a similar question to our readers to see what they thought about food trucks in Newton after Brookline passed a pilot program for food trucks in April. 

Well, after a few months of having the food-on-wheels, the Brookline Board of Selectmen decided last week to extend town's food truck program through April 2013. 

And while Newton does not have any official restaurants on wheels, the popular Newton restaurant Blue Ribbon BBQ recently opened up a food trailer off 2nd Avenue in Needham, just over the Newton line. 

SOUND OFF: What do you think? Should Newton allow food trucks in the city? Where would they park? Are they good for economic development? Tell us in the comments section below. 

Leni Webber October 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Yes! I love food trucks....Bring 'em on!
Teri DeMarco October 25, 2012 at 01:22 PM
yes, yes, yes! Newton restaurants need to up the ante in their own establishments. The overall yelp reviews of the basic restaurant (lunch style) in Newton is poor -- for it being such a large, diverse community. Competition helps drive those who would charge high prices for fair-to-midland food - to step up their game. I'm all for it.
Ellen October 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Sounds like a good idea but I wonder if there have been any impact studies on how the presence of food trucks in a given community effect the business at established restaurants.
Jack October 25, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Absolutely bring in food trucks. Obviously, be respectful of local restaurants who have paid dearly for the bricks and morter of their locations but food trucks in selected location just adds to the ambience of our fair City.
Miles Fidelman October 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Sure! And let's have Newton North's culinary arts program run one!
Liz Gray October 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Excellent idea! Food trucks are a wonderful way to bring people out of their houses and places of work. Make sure some of them stick around for late afternoon/early evening customers! Two of my favorites: Roxy's Grilled Cheese and The Cupcakory.
Melanie Graham (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Oh, interesting idea, Miles!
Andrea Kelley October 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Yes let the food trucks begin operating in Newton. Giving people new fast, affordable, and varied food choices is a good thing. Variety of options tend to increase business all around, rather than taking away from existing "brick and mortar" restaurants. Increasing foot traffic and street activity is a positive thing for all the villages. Good example: the outcry before Panera entered Newton Centre- turns out their presence has increased business at existing restaurants that were vehemently opposed due to fear of the competition.
Kevin Mitchell October 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Yes, I prefer to have more choices when it comes to eating not less. I am sensitive to the restaurant owners, especially of casual ones that will compete more with trucks. Let's start small: where there are large gatherings for events, roll them out. Check with business owners and expand as needed.
Gary A. Barron October 25, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I travel the country and the biggest buzz in the food world are the food trucks. It is an opportunity for a small business entrepreneur to show his/her wares...on wheels. It also gives the local folks the chance to try new and exciting "cutting edge" foods that may not be available in existing restaurants. There is only one way to express it...it's a WIN/WIN for everyone! Bon Apetite!
Les November 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Sure, why not. But in locations that are not close to existing (traditional) storefront restaurants.

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