The LA City Council unanimously approved an ordinance last week that restricts over-sized trucks from parking on Wilshire Boulevard near LACMA. Councilman Tom LaBonge put forth the ordinance as a way of helping to increase visibility for drivers in the area. The ordinance effectively bans food trucks from parking along Wilshire, between Fairfax and La Brea between 9am and 4pm.
It looks like this will put a lid on the controversial battle between the food trucks and the local brick and mortar restaurants that has raged for the past 3 years. Luckily for those who live and work in the area, there are more restaurant choices than ever – with at least 10 new restaurants moving into the blocks between Fairfax and La Brea over the past few years. (Chipotle, Five Guys, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, Starfish Sushi, The Counter, Slow Sushi, Ray Starks, C+M (Coffee and Milk) and newly renovated LACMA Cafe, to name a few…)
The ordinance will be enforced in approximately 30 days.
Park La Brea News and Beverly Press – Food Truck Selection May Dwindle
CBS Los Angeles – L.A. City Council Approves Ordinance Restricting Food Truck Parking Near LACMA
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5 thoughts on “LA City Council Ordinance Restricts Food Trucks On Wilshire’s Museum Row”
Slow Fish is horrifying. Rays, good but expensive; C+M, only two sandwiches offered any given time; cafe at museum – expensive (thats why you see so many folks with museum badges at the trucks) 5 guys greasy, Ono greasy, and then there are all those chain places. The trucks provided people lots of other choices. The council must not have tried actually eating in the mid-wilshire district. And the trucks have a lot of customers for a reason.
Tough call but the right move. There are plenty of retail/restaurant vacancies in the area and the demand at the food trucks shows there’s a market for more restaurants. I hope some of the more popular ones think about it and although it’s a different proposition, consider making the move to a brick and mortar location. As a local resident I’d love to be able to patronize the food trucks not just at lunchtime but at dinner and on weekends as well.
All those other places are barely within walking distance. Not a smart move, especially considering that a lot of the foot traffic eventually led to the museum. Now no one will go across the street. Big mistake! Huge!
It’s about time!
These trucks are an eye-sore.
They don’t have health code ratings.
The food isn’t cheap, nor all that great!