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Is Buenos Aires Giving The Green Light To Food Trucks?

By | [email protected] | September 26, 2016 4:34pm


We’ve got great news: food trucks just got one step closer to becoming legal and taking over Buenos Aires thanks to new regulation being pushed by the City Government.

About a year ago The Bubble covered the legal battle facing everyone’s favorite mobile food trend. Namely that while food trucks can legally exist, they are not allowed to operate as they’re meant to – selling food to people while being parked on the street. Law 1166/03 prevents them from selling their products in public spaces, and limits the possibilities of what can be cooked on board the adapted truck kitchens.

Until now the only options we had to enjoy these innovative rolling restaurants — which are arguably healthier than what the carritos along the costanera offer — involved attending crowded events like food festivals or driving to spots outside of Capital.

But it seems like things are about to change and we might soon see these motorized eateries roaming around town for our eating pleasure. In an apparent bid to prepare Buenos Aires to assume the title of LatAm’s 2017 Gastronomic Capital, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta’s administration is pushing two projects that had been put aside previously within the City Legislature in order to give Food Trucks some regulated freedom before the end of year.

In order to get this initiative going, the City’s government has launched a public campaign on social media looking to give citizens a voice on this matter. Within the first 24 hours of this public consultation 84% of respondents supported the law, reported La Nación on Friday.

One of the major reasons behind the legal roadblocks facing food trucks is the fear that traditional gastronomic establishments would face unfair competition. Though, the law is aiming to regulate food truck activity in a way that will make the playing field fair to competitors and regular businesses.

So what explains the change in the City Government’s perception of Food Trucks? It seems like they are now being considered a means to diversify the culinary options available in the City and to bring in some more options to some areas where there is a lack of infrastructure or establishments serving people food.

The law would – in theory – allow food trucks to operate in neighborhoods with limited gastronomic offerings like Parque Patricios or busy places where demand isn’t being satisfied such as Ciudad Universitaria. They will be able to sell their products on the street, but won’t be allowed to add chairs, tables or anything else that would resemble a “regular restaurant.”

Who knows, if the people’s voices and stomachs are listened to we could all soon be enjoying the pleasure of ordering food to go from a converted truck. If that isn’t progress, we aren’t sure what is.