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Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Food Truck Roundup
Reform Ordinance Revised, Trucks Plan to Roll on CBD
The food truck movement is rolling closer to reform.
The office of Councilmember at Large Stacy Head has released a modified version of ordinance discussed earlier this month. Head reworked the food-truck-friendly legislation after receiving criticism from restaurants and other concerned citizens. On Friday, advocates of four-wheeled fare will test drive the new regulations at a food truck roundup at a place where they were once forbidden.
At a February 5 City Council committee meeting, issues were raised of food trucks’ proximity to nearby restaurants, as well as quality of life issues for residents in areas served by mobile grub. The ordinance opens up a law that has not been revised since 1956, and it significantly expands the market for potential food truck vendors. If passed, permits for mobile restos would increase from 100 -200.
The ordinance will still open up parts of the Biomedical District, the Treme, and the CBD as fair game for food truck fare. However, the revision includes the areas between Poydras St. and Howard Ave. in the no-food-truck zone.
Many resto owners argue that four-wheeled eateries have unfair business advantages. Mobile food vendors are not required to pay property taxes, and they are not subjected to the same kind of strict health evaluations as their stationary peers. However, the new law will require all vendors to pay an initial fee of $805.25 and an annual $755.25 to operate.
Most food truckers are okay with the new fees. If passed, the law would increase the time they’ll be allowed to operate in one spot from 45 minutes to four hours. Originally, Head’s office proposed that food trucks would have to set up at least 50 feet away from nearby restaurants. After groups such as the Louisiana Restaurant Association complained that mobile fare would impact brick and mortar businesses, Head modified the distance to 100 ft.
Section 4 ( c ) of the new ordinance says, “…it shall be unlawful for any peddler or vendor of food to cook, prepare, sell, or vend any food or merchandise from any location where there is a restaurant open for operation within 100 feet of the vendor.”
Nearby restaurants can determine whether or not to waive this restriction. The new ordinance will likely go up for a vote within the next two weeks.
Barrie Schwartz is the Founding Director of My House, an organization leading the charge for food trucks and organizing Friday’s roundup.
Schwartz said food trucks and restaurants can help each other.
“As long as there’s communication and discussion, food trucks can coexist with restaurants,” Schwartz went on. “This Friday is a perfect example of that. I work directly with the owner of Merchant. We’re having Brigade coffee come out,” she said.
This Friday’s event will be the first of its kind to happen downtown, and trucks Brigade Coffee, NOLA Girl Food, Empanada Intifada, Rue Chow, and Frencheeze will meet at 800 Common Street from 11am-3pm.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz