Street-Food Vendors Form Tent City to Apply for Permits

  • By John Birdsall, SFoodie Editor
  • Mon Mar 7th, 2011 3:39pm
  • DiningSFoodie
Would-be mobile vendors begn camping out Friday night to be among the first in line to apply for newly administered DPW permits.

Today, the Department of Public Works took over issuing authority for street-food permits with the launch of its Mobile Food Facilities Program. That means DPW started accepting applications from would-be vendors on a first-come, first-served basis, though if you waited till 9 a.m. this morning to get down to the issuing office at 10th Street and Stevenson, you were in for a shock. DPW says it received applications from 35 would-be vendors today ― applicants who began lining up three days ago, i.e., last Friday afternoon, and pitched a tent city. SFoodie's photo evidence is courtesy of Anamika and Suresh Khanna, the Kasa owners launching their Kati Roller food truck. They were fourth in line. First, according to a separate SFoodie source: San Francisco Soup Company. “The new application procedure comes after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to streamline the process to obtain a permit and become a mobile food vendor,” today's DPW press release reads. Streamlining? Good god.

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