Toronto’s 10,000 restaurants, most of them packed together in the city’s core, won’t leave a lot of room for food trucks if city council approves a set of recommendations this week.
City staff is recommending food truck vendors be allowed to operate on Toronto streets in “pay and display” parking areas for up to five hours, as long as they’re 50 metres from an existing restaurant.
Here is a map that shows what would be off-limits in the downtown core, each point representing a 50-metre buffer around an existing restaurant.
There are some exceptions. Under the recommendations, food trucks can still operate in private parking lots that are within the 50-metre zone.
If approved, the new rules would be in effect this spring. Today, food trucks in Toronto can operate for a maximum of 10 minutes in a parking lot.
Please note: this map was based on addresses with recent DineSafe inspections. Keep in mind, restaurants close and open frequently.
UPDATE: The recommendations going before council define restaurant as “a licensed eating establishment that is open and operating,” which are described by the city as “every place where food items intended for human consumption are made for sale, offered for sale, stored or sold.”
-with files from the Toronto Star
-thanks to Michael Corey of the Center for Investigative Reporting for help with the map