Photo: Catherine Legault Duty
Rather than be required to deploy on the sites of the City, the restorers of streets to prepare for the calendar-based festivals and events that take place all summer long in Montreal.
Noting that the craze for street food has émoussait, the City has decided to review the deployment model of the truck in order to focus on the raising event.
In 2015, not less than 35 trucks of street food held a permit to settle on the sites designated by the City. This number has gradually decreased over the years to reach 21 trucks in 2018. The number of trips has also fallen, from 1419 in 2016 868 in 2018 on the key sites designated by the City, such as the Place du Canada and Square Victoria.
“The trucks of the street going super well. But they do a lot of private and neglect a little the sale on the public domain “, says Gaëlle Cerf, vice-president of the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec (ARRQ).
A more flexible model
Noting this decline in interest, the City, in collaboration with the ARRQ, has adopted a new strategy. Rather than be required to deploy on the sites of the City, the restorers of streets to prepare for the calendar-based festivals and events that take place all summer long in Montreal. This is what announced on Thursday that Robert Beaudry, responsible for economic development in the administration of Valérie Plant.
“With gatherings of trucks, people will be able to have the choice. They can be found in front of five or six trucks and even up to twelve trucks at the lunch hour. It is much more inspiring that a single truck hidden in the corner of a street. It should create excitement, ” said Mrs Deer.
This does not mean that the street food in everyday life is abandoned, she said.
In order to give more flexibility to the new model, the City will waive the regulation that, from 2015, imposing site-specific restorers. The record of street food will now be managed by the boroughs.
Gaëlle Cerf argues that, for example, a dozen trucks could be deployed to the square to Dorchester on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. “It is very positive,” she said.
Too expensive ?
It rejects, however, the criticism about the price that is considered high of the food offered by the trucks on the streets of Montreal. “It is easy to find a slice of pizza for $ 2. To us, it is a showcase gourmet to Montreal, a city of destination for the food. The street food is made in the image of the efforts of restaurateurs to showcase local products. “
Number of outbound trucks to street in 2018