Food truck owners criticize ban in Carlisle

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Oct 23, 2013 1:30 PM

A ban of food trucks in one Cumberland County community has some operators shaking their heads.


Carlisle doesn't allow food trucks on its streets, unlike Harrisburg, York or Lancaster. That's pitted the borough council against the owner of the Unlawful Falafel truck - Jason Turner - who uses a bike instead. Rod Madrigal has been serving Cubans and Philly Cheese Steaks out of his MAD Sandwiches truck four times a week in Harrisburg. He says things are changing, and areas like Carlisle need to adjust.

"In the past, they got a bad reputation of being roach coaches and stuff like that. In the recent past, it's kinda become a revolution all over the country."
But, he acknowledges it can be a battle to win over skeptics. 

"It's not just the old-fashioned conception of dirty food trucks, and I tell everybody, people look in. Because we have a large window, people can see right in. I use gloves no matter what. I'm very conscious to let people know that's how we are. "

Carlisle's code enforcement director says currently, businesses aren't allowed to block sidewalks. The borough council vice president pushed for a change, but recently dropped his proposal after failing to garner enough support from other members.

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