I want more food carts in Kits. Do you? It’s not going to happen if West Fourth store owners keep up their hostile antics. Vij’s Railway Express, the newest venture by renowned chef Vikram Vij, was getting ready to serve lunch on West 4th Ave. when a local store owner told Vij and partner Jason Apple to get lost.
As reported by Huffington Post: “The shop owner came out, and he wasn’t happy. He basically said to ‘take off’ that those were his parking spaces, those were his parking meters,” said Apple.
It isn’t the first time this store owner has done it, and he promised to do it again, claiming it was illegal for them to use the space. Although the store owner is wrong and it is legal for food trucks to park on West Fourth Ave., Vij’s Railway Express left because of the conflict. They wouldn’t identify the store owner for the reporter.
If the city follows through on plans to increase Vancouver food trucks from 103 to 133 by 2014, it’s likely that disagreements among brick and mortar stores/restos and food trucks will only increase.
Are food carts really a threat to store and restaurant owners? Would you like to see more food carts in Kits? Weigh in below.
Photo credit: Vij’s Railway Express
Last modified: September 18, 2012