I posted this on the Greater Boston board: "Yesterday's Channel 5 news had a piece in which Dave Andelman complained, purportedly on behalf of Boston's brick-and-mortar restaurants, about food trucks hurting their business. He wants an ordinance to prevent trucks parking within 500 ft of restaurants. The truckies say this would drive them out of business because in Boston, no place with decent foot traffic is further than 500 ft from establishments that sell food. They also note that their business is curtailed by weather so they are not constant competition for the stationary food sellers.
The cynic in me wonders how much of this is the Phantom Gourmet business disliking food trucks because they aren't profitable enough to contract with PG for TV ads or vending at PG events."
The Phantom Gourmet organization is for the most part frowned upon by Boston area Hounds and other foodies. They have TV and radio shows, wherein they discuss, promote, review, and sometimes picture, the food in local restaurants at a broad range of price points. There have always been suspicions about whether or not places that advertise with them get more forgiving reviews. There's a lot of emphasis on huge, gooey, and alcoholic. From what I've seen, they review a lot of Chinese places and occasional Japanese, but not Indian or other Asian establishments. This may also color their opinion as regards food trucks.
Are there regulations in your area designed to equal the playing field between trucks and restaurants? If so, how well are they working? Is there ill will between the businesses formats?