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Jun 13, 2012 09:14 AM

Montreal to join rest of world and allow street food soon?

I never thought I'd see the day, but could it be that Montreal city council has come to its senses and is about to ditch that old Drapeau-era law banning the sale of street food?

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    1. Great, so we'll have a bunch of hot dog carts lining the city. I'm probably in the minority on here who doesn't want these carts, I'm sure there will be some original ideas and some noteworthy grub but I think this will represent a small percentage of the carts.

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      1. re: ios94

        I'd be really surprised if hot-dog carts, or any carts for that matter, were part of the plan. People lobbying for this legislation want to allow food trucks.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          So I guess it's going to be a bunch of hot dog "trucks". lol
          Regulating what type of food can be sold in these trucks is draconian, you allow food trucks or you don't. Who is to say that you can sell the food trend du jour but not steamies, stupid IMO.

          1. re: ios94

            AFAIC, they should be allowed to sell whatever they want wherever they want as long as they pass food safety inspections. They idea of making this some sort of chi-chi foodie thing irritates the hell out of me. Entrepreneurs are always against regulations and in favour of open markets until it starts to threaten their own business.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              And what's the point of having a crappy hot-dog on the street when you can have one at every fast-food place for take-out in 2 minutes?

              1. re: Glaff

                The point is to allow competition, to allow people who don't have the means to open a proper restaurant to start micro-businesses. The point is to bring in a bit of diversity to the Montreal food scene. The point is to not hand the whole thing over to a restaurant industry that didn't even want street food to begin with.

      2. Will they allow me to set up shop with a whole hog like the article's picture?
        I think not.
        I guess hot dogs and maybe pretzels might be a good start....

        1. It's actually Camillien Houde who banned them in 1947, not Drapeau (who became mayor for the first time in 1954). And they were banned because at the time they were not sanitary, they didn't pay business taxes, they caused traffic jams, and the fry carts would dump their used oil on the street once they were done.

          1. sweet! i just saw this posted online and came here to share it ;)

            who knows what they'll start with, but i hope we get some interesting food.