Central Pa. Town To Debate Lifting Longstanding Ban On Food Carts

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CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania town is weighing whether to lift a longstanding ban on food carts.

Carlisle’s borough code prohibits mobile food carts and trucks, except during parades and special events. Now, business owners are split over a push to open the door to legal street vendors.

Jason Turner sells falafels from a bicycle cart. His business, called Unlawful Falafel, skirts the law by selling on private property. He says it’s often hard to find a spot.

Last year, Councilman Tim Scott says the borough turned down at least 10 different requests to sell food from a mobile unit. He says the food truck business has changed with the introduction of high tech cooking and sanitary equipment.

A round table discussion of the issue is scheduled for July 31.

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