Chicago food truck owner challenges city restrictions

A food truck owner and her attorney are taking their objections to Chicago's food truck regulations to a state appeals court, according to CBS News. Laura Pekarik, owner of Cupcakes for Courage, believes the city's law requiring her to park 200 feet from a brick-and-mortar restaurant and to also have GPS tracking is unfair and harmful to her business.

A lower court ruled that the city laws should stand, but Robert Frommer, senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, argued before the First District Appellate Court that the rule that prohibits food trucks within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant is unconstitutional. Frommer said the law should not tell one business that it cannot compete against another one.

Frommer also criticized a rule requiring the trucks to have GPS tracking. This, he said, constitutes an unreasonable "search."

City attorneys claim established restaurants have more costs and requirements, and the law provides balance.

Pekarik, however, claimed that the law is making it impossible for her to operate her business.




Topics: Food & Beverage, Independent Operators, Policy / Legislation / Regulation

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