Moscow’s Endangered Food Carts

In order to clean up Moscow, Mayor Yury Luzhkov is chasing food vendors off its streets. According to Russia Today:

The kiosks may look like gypsy caravans, but in fact many of them are major national brands with standard products, supplied by broad distribution networks and served by staff in corporate uniform.

Some of these street food vendors may be able to rent kiosks in shopping centers, but there isn’t enough room for all of them. For those that move into retail shops, the cost of rent will drive up the prices of their food. It’s too bad New York’s Street Vendor Project, an organization that defends the legal rights of the city’s street vendors, doesn’t have a branch in Moscow.

At least one baked-potato vendor is going corporate. Kroshka Kartoshka (which translates to “Pretty Little Potato”—awww, how cute!) is teaming up with Poland’s AmRest Holding, the franchisee of Pizza Hut, KFC, and Burger King in Eastern Europe. I’m not familiar with this potato purveyor, but it doesn’t sound like a positve development. I’m pretty sure some flavor would be lost if one of my favorite local street carts teamed up with, say, McDonald’s or Taco Bell.

Can anyone who has been to Moscow give us the skinny on the quality of the street food there? And are the Kroshka Kartoshka carts as adorable as they sound?

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