Food trucks will be allowed back into Lower Downtown this weekend after a nearly month-long ban imposed by Denver authorities in the name of public safety.
The food truck ban came on the heels of a shooting this summer in which Denver police officers injured an armed man and six bystanders, but city officials have questioned the direct link between the shooting and policy. denied the
City officials on Thursday announced a set of temporary rules governing LoDo food trucks for the next 180 days.
Starting this weekend, mobile vendors of tacos, gyros and other food will be allowed back into their neighborhoods between 5am and 9pm every Friday and Saturday and on certain holidays, including Labor Day. .
After 9pm, the rules are even more restrictive. The city offers seven spots for licensed food trucks. Four of these spots are on the 1900 block of Blake Street, and three more are on the 2000 block of Market Street. Vendors using these spots must shut down at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, according to a city news release.
According to the city, food truck and cart operators found violating the rules could face fines, license sanctions or criminal charges.
The weekend food truck ban was enacted after public safety officials said bars closed for the night around 2 a.m., causing tucks to become a source of congestion and disputes on the streets of popular nightlife areas. because you said you were. Burr will be released for at least his next four months.
After the July 17 2012 shooting when Denver police officers confronted an armed man (later identified as Jacob Waddy) outside the Larimer Beer Hall on Larimer Street, the food truck vendor said they claimed to be used as a scapegoat. , wounding him and wounding six others nearby.
“The guys at the bottom of the totem pole got kicked out and it seems like someone is going to write a note somewhere: ‘Look what I did. I solved a crime with LoDo.'” City Council earlier this month. Mutic’s family owns his food truck that frequents LoDo.
A temporary food truck ban was warned by a Virginia-based nonprofit law firm that it was probably unconstitutional.
Denver officials denied that the ban was directly related to the shooting outside the Larimer Beer Hall and that changes to neighborhood rules were being considered before the incident.
A temporary rule is that no food trucks are allowed on Larimer Street after 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
“The temporary rules will help us in our efforts to keep people safe and allow mobile food vendors to operate,” Denver’s Public Safety Commissioner Armando Saldate said in a statement Thursday. I think we strike the right balance.