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Nov 17, 2009 07:46 AM

Good News for Ala Carte Owners??

Two stories in the Sun today about the food cart debacle from this past summer. Both are pretty heavily slanted against the Dept. of Health.

I haven't been able to find the other one.


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  1. im so sick about it, now i stop to do the cart at Mell lastman sqaure, so cold outside, i don't have any encloser or heater to make me warm, city not allow. the cart to heavy and not suitable for our thai food

    1. I feel for the cart owners.
      Why the Dept of Health piloted this project, i do not know. some of their restrictions (including that the cart owner needed to work there for a large chunk of hrs) were ridiculous and only set this up for failure.

      there were many unenthusiastic quotes about the quality of food being served from these carts, but I wonder if the Thuets and Susurs of Toronto would be able to serve a quality product if they had the same stupid restrictions imposed on them

      609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

      601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

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      1. re: atomeyes

        Just another example of the brainless idiots that run this city. Wasting money on pie in the sky ideas and bungling it all the way with bureaucracy.

      2. The only way this will ever get better is if the city takes their hands off and just enforces the health code. They need to compensate the cart people for their blundering, stop designing carts and enforcing staffing rules, and stop vetting recipes (especially when the approvers don't seem to have palates). Then they need to open it up to anyone who wants to try and let the competition begin.

        All they've done is given control to different bureaucrats, who plan to impose different rules. They guaranteed failure...and they were successful. Some bankruptcy trustees will be happy, but not likely anyone else.

        I briefly mulled trying one of these, but I had enough business experience to recognize that the the entry cost was an absurdity and the possibility of making a living minute. Unfortunately, enthusiasm doesn't trump financial and marketing realities for the people who got sucked in.

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          1. re: embee

            I loved filion saying that "The glitches you're going to get are somewhat unpredictable."

            I think everyone on this board predicted this to be a disaster.

            I really feel sorry for the vendors who got roped into this.


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            1. Hopefully the vendors are compensated somehow, this was a real boondoggle on the part of City Hall.