This lady at left, Allison Rowe, owner of Harvest & Rowe at 55 2nd Street, does not take kindly to a street food operation parking itself outside her brick-and-mortar business. As SFoodie reports, JapaCurry’s Jay Hamada landed himself a permit for a parking space just 20 feet from some of Rowe’s permitted outdoor seating, and as soon as he showed up for his first day of business she went to war rallying other businesses on the street against him. In a letter to Supervisor Jane Kim and other, Rowe boldly asks for “your help to expedite the removal of the truck from our neighborhood.” Hamada, for his part, says he’s not going to fight it if all the neighbors want him gone.
The issue comes down to the city’s old rules for permitting food trucks, which required a simple thumbs up from the SFPD, and the new rules proposed by the Board of Supervisors, which would require notification of neighborhood businesses and which may go into effect as soon as February 1. Though SFoodie sounds firmly on the side of the truck (because street food is good and the young people like it!), we have to say we feel for both parties in this situation.