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Six months after the city’s downtown restaurants begged City Hall to oust a growing number of food vending carts and trucks downtown, nothing much has changed.
“I feel like I’m along without anybody’s support,” said John Spaniotis, owner of Center Restaurant and Pizza on North Main Street.
Spaniotis was one of a handful of owners of brick-and-mortar eateries who asked the city to crack down on vendors who are gobbling up business without adding to the city’s tax base or employment rolls.
City councilors initially expressed tentative support for the idea, but backed off when hundreds of people who buy fast food from the vendors rallied in their defense. The Ordinance Committee is still reviewing legal options, however, and may proposed changes to city statutes. Click here for the full story.*****
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