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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.

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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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