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After a few bumps in the road, it looks like the proposed food truck ordinance will finally be introduced at tomorrow's City Council meeting. A draft has been vetted by various city departments, and 32nd Ward alderman (and potential mayoral candidate) Scott Waguespack says the legislation—which, if enacted, will allow the cooking of fresh food on "Mobile Food Facilities"—is ready to go.
If you're excited about that, just imagine how Matt Maroni feels. When I spoke to him today, the architect of the ordinance and driving force behind the food truck movement was installing vents on his Gaztro-Wagon in preparation for rolling out for the first time Friday, selling salads and naanwiches—prepackaged of course, in accordance with the letter of the current law. "This is a big week for me," he said. "I was hoping it would all play out like this. I'm gonna be pretty busy."
Remember, though, this is still just the beginning. Waguespack says the ordinance will be referred to three committees tomorrow for further sausage making: Economic, Capital and Technology Development; License and Consumer Protection; and Health. Much of what happens next is going to be determined by the chairmen of those committees, Margaret Laurino, Eugene Schulter, and Ed Smith, respectively.
Meanwhile here's Maroni's rough schedule for the weekend:
Lunch: Millennium Park
Late night: Lincoln Square
Lunch: Green City Market
Late night: Wicker Park