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Duly Quoted: Zane Caplansky, on Useless and Expensive Permits

Not everyone got up at 4 a.m. this morning to get their hands on one of the City's new mobile food vending permits.

“Caplansky’s Deli will NOT be purchasing the most expensive and useless Mobile Food Vending permit in N America when they go on sale … “

-Zane Caplansky, of Caplansky’s Deli, making it clear where he stands on the City’s new mobile food vending permits, 125 of which went on sale today for $5,000 each. There seems to be enthusiasm about the system from some quarters—would-be licence-buyers started lining up at 4 a.m. this morning—but many food truck operators have expressed concerns about restrictions built into the new set of bylaws that they say will prevent the growth of a healthy and thriving food truck scene in Toronto.


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Unfortunately a lot of people have already invested tens of thousands in trucks and don’t have a brick and mortar to fall back on. I know first hand that a lot of trucks in the GTA/Hamilton/Niagara area are not opting to renew their licenses for Toronto because of the cost and red tape involved in operating here.

  • Squintz

    It’s interesting that council’s goal was to eliminate red tape and make it easier to break into the food truck market, but their end result has been to make it more difficult and expensive than it was before.

    • OgtheDim

      I’m not sure that was their goal. I personally think their goal was to look like they were doing something, without actually doing anything. If you watched the debate, the downtown councillors in particular were very NIMBY.

      The street meat vendors and the restaurant associations seem to have scared people who I never thought would be scared – KWT for example.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Did BIAs getting veto power over food trucks in their neighbourhood make it through to the new bylaw? Because that right there told me Council wasn’t actually interested in changing things for the better.

        • OgtheDim

          I’m pretty sure that got turfed. That was that noted champion of the little guy Gord Perks who suggested that IIRC.

  • Robert VanTol

    If there is a lineup of people at 4am willing to pay the price how can people say it is too expensive?

    • OgtheDim

      Not exactly sure in this case, but a lot of people invest in things initially without realizing the full cost.

    • mixandserve

      Five permits issued does not a long line make.

      Go back to the drawing board, Councillors…let’s strike a compromise that equitably serves entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, and the public.

    • torontothegreat

      Something can be too expensive, but you as a business owner are forced to pony up the money, as opposed to going out of business.

      The rate went up 500% – these food trucks aren’t exactly making money hand over fist.

      Billion dollar corporations get tax exemptions and welfare from the government and small business owners get screwed again…

  • torontothegreat

    Why does this article insinuate that many people were lined up when it’s now being reported that only 6 food trucks bought the license?