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City of Boston food trucks program

Mayor Walsh announces food truck advisory committee

February 28, 2017

Economic Development

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Working closely with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the Committee consists of industry stakeholders who will provide recommendations on areas of food truck policy, as well as engage relevant City agencies on the current food truck permitting process.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the first-ever Food Truck Advisory Committee. Working closely with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the Committee consists of industry stakeholders who will provide recommendations on areas of food truck policy, as well as engage relevant City agencies on the current food truck permitting process.

"Supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs is a priority of my administration, and I am eager to engage and receive valuable feedback to support our food truck industry," said Mayor Walsh. "Micro restaurants and retail establishments are crucial employers and revenue generators in Boston's small business economy, and I look forward to an improved program that will enhance neighborhood vibrancy and promote economic inclusion."

Below is a full list of committee members:

  • Doug Burrell, Big Daddy Hotdogs
  • Rox Freeman, Commonwealth Kitchen
  • David Harnick, The Dining Car
  • Irene Li, Mei Mei Street Kitchen
  • Melissa Lynch, The Roving Lunchbox
  • Ky Nguyen, SA PA
  • Ian So, Chicken and Rice Guys
  • Kevin Toretello, Boston's Baddest Burger
  • Diana Vargas, Pomaire Boston Chilean Grill
  • Christopher Wandell, Northeast of the Border

The Committee will advise on food truck policy areas including but not limited to, the annual site selection lottery, food truck sites throughout the city, and the truck permitting process. In advance of the annual site selection lottery this spring, the Committee will first focus on lottery and application process improvements that can be implemented immediately.

Released last year, the City of Boston's Small Business Plan identified the needs of Boston's small business economy and provided a roadmap to streamline small business services and address challenges. In Boston, the micro restaurant and retail segment represents nearly ten percent of the city's small businesses.

About the Mayor's Office of Economic Development
The Economic Development Cabinet's mission is to make Boston an appealing and accessible place for working families, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors to innovate, grow, and thrive in a way that fosters inclusion, broadens opportunity, and shares prosperity, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all Bostonians and the experience for all visitors. Learn more on their website .