City wants to ease rules for food trucks and patios

The city is looking at loosening the rules governing food trucks and outdoor patios.
The Edmonton food truck scene has grown over the past several years. (CBC)

The city wants to to make it easier for food trucks and sidewalk patios to operate in Edmonton. 

Saylish Haas, a co-owner of The Next Act Pub and The Act food truck, says she would like to move her truck more frequently and stay open past 11 p.m. to serve the crowds at closing time — things that aren't allowed under current regulations.

Haas is encouraged by how the city is open to changing the rules, which could take effect next spring.

"We'll all meet and sit down and figure out what we want to do," she said. "Hopefully, we'll end up getting to move forward and be able to relocate and have a little bit more options that are siding towards the street vendors."

The rule change was prompted by a conflict earlier this year between the Drift food truck and a nearby sandwich shop.

Drift owners Nevin and Kara Fenske were asked to move from their location at 100th Avenue and 108th Street because the nearby Grandma Lee sandwich shop complained they were taking away business.

The Fenskes successfully appealed the city's order and city administration was asked to clarify the rules for food trucks

Food truck regulations aren't the only rules under review. The city plans to approach the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission about changing the rules for serving alcohol on outdoor patios.