There would be no lobster rolls on Monday, no empanadas. The customers’ faces looked puzzled and they still had money in their pockets - lunchtime diners in Farragut Square had to forgo the food trucks Monday.
The grills turned off to protest proposed vending regulations that truck operators worry may limit the number of trucks in a particular area.
The colorful trucks, each topped off with a $100 parking ticket, are empty as truck owners try to prove a point - demonstrating what lunchtime would be like without food trucks.
Among the proposed regulation changes is a limitation on where trucks can park determined by a lottery truck operators must pay to enter every month. Lottery winners could then park in one of 23 designated mobile vending zones across the city.
D.C.'s Restaurant Association, representing brick and mortar restaurants, supports the regulation changes, saying in an email: "They are not a plot concocted to stifle competition, kill jobs or deny consumer choice..."
Choices that food truck operators believe will be diminished if the regulations pass, possibly cutting D.C's food truck fleet in half.