Back Bay Food Trucks Determined By Lottery
Food truck owners gathered in City Hall yesterday to participate in the lottery for prime spaces organized by the City of Boston's Mobile Food Truck Committee.
Different trucks are competing for shifts in high-traffic areas, and the Back Bay has some of the spots that are most sought after. Room for these trucks is limited, though, and the City took steps to prevent any 2012 turf wars by organizing a lottery among food truck owners for the best food truck locations.
A letter from the City of Boston to food truck owners explained the rules of the lottery, which gives food trucks with who meet the highest levels of the city's "Good Standing Criteria" priority in their choice of spot, but rotates through the entire roster of trucks, including those who are new to Boston this year.
While it hasn't been published yet who is going to be in the Back Bay and when, plenty of trucks were excited about securing spots at City Hall. Multiple food truck owners posted about the event as it was happening in the Boston Redevelopment Authority's boardroom on Twitter.
However, at least Roxy's is thankful they get some time in the Back Bay, as well; later they tweeted "Phew! Still have our BPL lunch on Fridays! #foodtrucklottery."
The BBQSmith food truck will also be outside the library. As they say, "Some new shifts coming: Boston Public Library wed dinner & Thurs lunch. South end Tremont st for Fri dinner. Can't wait to fire up smoker!"
They won't have to wait too long; this year's food truck season begins on April 1st. According to the Globe, "food trucks shifts will begin at 6 a.m. and most dinner shifts will end at 11 p.m. with some exceptions. City Hall Plaza, which will close Nov. 1, will be open to trucks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and have overlapping shifts during lunchtime."
Unlike the City Hall trucks, Back Bay's sites will also stick to the regular rules; they will continue year-round and stay open until 11 p.m., as well.