Thursday, December 16, 2010

Abbot Kinney Merchants Extending First Friday Food Truck BAN!!

The Abbot Kinney merchants have elected to extend the ban on food trucks at the popular First Friday event in Venice, into spring. Hopefully The Brig will continue to host gourmet food trucks in their lot on First Friday, and not bow to pressure from the Abbot Kinney Merchant Association. We hope that you continue to support The Brig, and the trucks in their lot, but continue to boycott all Venice merchants. We can't allow cities or merchants to over-regulate the gourmet food truck industry, and by boycotting the merchants it shows the power of the dollar.

We are fortunate that the Westchester Merchants Association has invited the food trucks to their area for First Friday. We can continue to enjoy gourmet food trucks, the food and the community, at this new location.

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Abbot Kinney merchants support extending First Friday parking limits
Businesses along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice are planning to keep the shopping and restaurant corridor free of parked vehicles during the popular First Fridays events at least through early spring.

After experimenting with “no parking” restrictions for all vehicles, particularly food trucks, at this month's First Friday, the Abbot Kinney Merchants Committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce voted Dec. 7 to extend the restrictions between 4 and 11:30 p.m. at the events through March. During First Fridays, which were initiated in 2007, many Abbot Kinney businesses stay open later into the night and bars and restaurants can be seen filled with patrons.
As the events have grown in popularity among visitors from throughout Los Angeles, an increasing number of food truck vendors has descended on the boulevard. While the mobile vendors are frequented for offering convenient and inexpensive food options, merchants and community members have expressed concerns of safety issues with pedestrians traveling onto the streets to avoid crowded sidewalks.

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