Maplewood Chamber Changes Strategy, Still Opposes Food Trucks
Members met at Cousin Hugo's to sign a petition as they lunched and networked.
The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce changed its plan of attack on food trucks, but not the goal. The chamber board voted in early March to take a stance against food trucks.
A petition was passed around tables at the chamber lunch at Cousin Hugo’s on Wednesday. The original plan was to go door-to-door.
Chamber president Bill Berthold, of Frontenac Engineering, and Adrian Glass, an owner with The Post Sport Bar & Grill, will deliver the signatures, along with letters from The Post, Home Wine Kitchen and the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce to the April 2 meeting of the Maplewood Planning and Zoning Commission. Boogaloo has already sent an e-mail.
“I’d much rather people support our restaurants, than food trucks,” said Beth White, a salesperson with Hermann London.
“If they want to do business in Maplewood they should go get a business license,” Matt Gibbs, from J&E's Office Supply, said.
Rob Walters, with AudioVu.com, was one who didn’t sign.
“To me, food trucks would help optimize traffic for all businesses, even the established businesses,” he said.
Kyle Barber, with Sentry Insurance, agreed with Walters.
“It’s a small community,” he said. He said closing doors to businesses that want to open up in Maplewood doesn’t make sense. He compared it to two neighboring towns saying they won’t do business with each other.
The Maplewood City Council debated food trucks at the Feb.8 meeting.