As we reported earlier today, there's a good chance San Francisco's street food laws will soon be amended to make it easier for vendors to become licensed, and increase the scope of where they can sell. But there's one group unlikely to take heart from any new law adopted by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors: illegal hot dog vendors in the Mission.
Although the new rules would allow them to operate on corners legally, state law still requires the vendors to have a covered cart to be able to grill the franks on site ― contraptions that can cost up to $30,000. “The fact remains that it's capital intensive,” Zigas says. “To do really good food still requires $30,000 in capital for a trailer.”