Since the last time we talked about Atlanta’s burgeoning street food culture, a lot has happened. The confusion over regulations led to the closing of a couple of businesses, while others have sprung up despite the changes.
This Saturday, April 9, your favorite Atlanta City Councilman and ours, Kwanza Hall will be hosting the Atlanta Street Food Summit along with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner. The summit will run from 10 AM to noon at Helene S. Mills Senior Center on 515 J.W. Dobbs Ave. The summit will explain the current permitting process, as well as discuss next steps for evolving legislation pertaining to street food vendors.
Everyone from vendors to your average street food enthusiast is invited to join the discussion and share perspectives on how Atlanta can improve permitting and regulation of street vending in a city that doesn’t have the best history of clarity and ease in this area. On April 18, a proposal will go before the Atlanta City Council with the intention to update street vending ordinances from the current state, wherein two sets of permits required: a health permit from Fulton County’s Health Services Department and a vending permit from the Atlanta Police Department. This has, understandably, led to some confusion among vendors.
Enough about politics…let’s eat!
Need a new reason to eat delicious food by the side of the road? Street Food Thursdays start this week outside Woodruff Arts Center. Favorites Yumbii, King of Pops, the Pickle, Good Food Truck, Souper Jenny, and others will be out serving Thursdays 11 AM-2 PM or until the food runs out. Westside Creamery and Yum Yum Cupcake will stay put, selling their sweet wares up to and during a happy hour outside that’s starting at 4 PM. Check the SFT site to see who’s on the docket each week.
Check out the Atlanta Street Food Coalition on Facebook to stay on top of all the news and make sure you can always get your eats in the streets.