Judge to rule on lawsuit over food truck zoning law

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 07:18:14-04

A judge will soon rule on a lawsuit over where food trucks can set up shop in Baltimore City.

Plaintiffs Joey Vanoni, of Pizza Di Joey, and Nikki McGowan, of MindGrub, appeared in court Wednesday. The vendors claim the city's 300-foot ban for food trucks is unconstitutional.

Since 2014, mobile vendors are banned from operating within 300 feet of a brick-and-mortar business that sells the same type of food, merchandise or service. Violators could face a $500 fine and can have their vendor's license revoked.

"We are confident that we will prevail in our lawsuit challenging the city's unconstitutional 300-foot ban," said Institute for Justice attorney Greg Reed in a statement. "A victory for Pizza Di Joey and MindGrub will be victory not just for Baltimore's food trucks, but for all Baltimoreans because customers not the government should decide where to buy their lunch."

The judge is expect to make a decision within the next few days.