Once again, untruths are running wild on JCList. So, for anyone interested in facts, here they are.
1. The food trucks at the farmers' market were illegal under Jersey City law. (Do the research.)
Sure. It's a poor law, though. Clearly, downtown JC is populated enough to support a restaurant row and a food truck market (like any thriving city).
2. Over twenty Downtown restaurants signed a petition (not just Two Boots) demanding that the HDSID discontinue the "food court" it had created, illegally, to fill its own budget hole.
Please elaborate on how the food truck market filled the HDSID's budget hole.
3. The HDSID was violating its duty to it own members -- us -- by running a competing business.
Alright, this is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. I'd say the HDSID's purpose is misguided if it's favoring certain local businesses over others. Especially when there's a market for both.
4. The only reason the food truck "food court" could exist was the massive subsidy that it received in the form of below market rent using public space -- a subsidy that no brick and mortar restaurant receives.
5. Two Boots has NEVER complained about any competitor that has to play by the same rules we do. We have New Jersey's largest pizzeria (and restaurant) right next to us. We welcomed them and welcome any other competitor, chain or otherwise, so long as they don't receive government support that we don't.
Restaurants and food trucks will never be able to play by the same rules as they have inherently different characteristics.
This is like a fish saying that a bird shouldn't eat it because it's not fair the fish doesn't have wings.
Restaurants and food trucks each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. If someone wants to sit down and relax for a meal (especially with more than one person), no food truck in the world will pull them away from a quality restaurant.
Alternatively, if you're in a rush or just want to eat something casually on the go, you don't have time for a restaurant. You're going for a food truck instead.
These business models are inherently different, they serve different purposes and they both can (and have) coexist in downtown JC.
6. We fully support food trucks parking in legal locations.
Sure, because it currently reduces your competition.
7. The farmers market is flourishing.
But the public has less food truck options due to your anti-competitive lobbying and that's not a good thing for downtown JC.
8. There are more eating options than ever in the Downtown.
That's my point, food trucks did not need to be banned because there's enough demand due to downtown JC's population growth.
Finally, probably none of you know this, but we came close to going out of business. During our first three years, we lost money. Now, thankfully, we are doing well, thanks to thousands of loyal customers and Jersey City's growth. But the point remains, that opening a restaurant is a very risky business. Sixty percent of all restaurants close their doors within three years. This is why people who invest hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars in restaurants become emotional about unfair and illegal competition.
Lots of love,
I can't speak about your situation as I am not involved in your business. All I can say is that downtown JC can clearly support both restaurant row and food trucks.