Food trucks not so free
RALEIGH — All apologies to brick-and-mortar restaurants, but the best burrito that I've ever eaten came from Eduardo's Taco Stand, a food truck operation on Ocracoke Island.
Maybe some state legislators have eaten there as well. Or, perhaps some other food truck business wowed them.
Whatever the case, last summer, an omnibus regulatory reform bill passed by state lawmakers included a provision designed to free up food truck operators from a requirement that they be connected, in some manner, to a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
The old law required that a restaurant or commissary serve as a "base of operations" so that food preparation could occur there.
The legislation eliminated the requirement as long as the food trucks met "sanitation requirements of a permitted commissary."
That wording ...