Aspen food vending cart idea on hold |

Aspen food vending cart idea on hold

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Due to public outcry in the Aspen restaurant community, officials have decided to delay a City Council discussion on food vending carts that was slated for Monday.

The City Council was scheduled to discuss the possibility of allowing food vending carts on public property, with certain restrictions. Currently, vending carts are allowed on private property, with some restrictions.

“There seems to be a lot of public opposition surrounding the idea of vending carts in public space,” said City Manager Steve Barwick.

The vending cart idea grew out of a council work session in the fall. The council was scheduled next to begin formulating a proposal, but during preparation for the work session, city officials heard concerns from the business community and disparate ideas on the topic.

Local eateries would have a chance to apply to operate one of the vending carts the city is considering as a move to boost downtown vitality, but a number of restaurants that are members of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association have registered opposition to idea.

“Now isn’t the time to bring something like this to council when we don’t have a clear consensus on what exactly to propose,” Barwick said. “Perhaps council will consider it at another time when there is clearer consensus from the business community and the community overall.”

The council is still set to consider an expansion of the Aspen Saturday Market at Monday’s work session.

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