MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis City Council is loosening rules to allow more food carts on downtown streets.
Prior to Friday's vote, the city only allowed carts to sell hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and pre-packaged foods. But the council voted unanimously to allow anyone who leases commercial kitchen space, including restaurants, to prepare and serve food from a truck within the city's downtown improvement district.
City Council member Lisa Goodman, who proposed the change, says it will make the city's street life more vital. Some restaurants, including Hell's Kitchen, already have plans to open on the street.
The license fee for a mobile food vehicle will be $483 as well as start-up costs of $391. The city will start taking license applications May 1 with hopes of having new carts up and running by mid-summer.