Seven days ago the City Attorney, Theresa James, said that Tim Condon needed to prove mobility for his food truck, The Lonestar Cheeseburger.
“He can either move and be a mobile vendor,” she says, “or he can get a certificate of occupancy and stay where he is.”
Tim Condon had two more days to appeal to City Council’s decision or Lonestar Cheeseburgers permit would have been revoked.
Lonestar Cheeseburger Owner and Executive Chef, Tim Condon, says, “well they put us–our backs against a wall, and, you know, they said ‘if you don’t move by this time, we are going to take your permit away.’ And so, we had to move around the block to show we’re mobile. I mean it’s just the ridiculousness of the interpretation of the law.”
The Lonestar Cheeseburger Food Truck not only went around one block, but they went around three blocks to stay in business.
“Why can’t we move 20 feet? Why can’t we move thirty feet? Why do we have to move around the block? Why do we have to go to city hall?” Asks Condon.
He says he thought of becoming a Brick and Mortar to save all of the trouble, but did not want to shut down his business in the process.
The City’s Health Inspector, Kevin Little, says, “you need to go through all the permitting process for a permanent building, with permanent sewage connection, permanent electrical, water and that sort of thing.”
Since 2015 the city has been sending Condon warnings. He says he finally abided since they were finally going to stop him from operating.
“The right thing to do is just follow the law,” says Condon, “and it’s just been interpreted differently. What readily movable today is versus what readily movable was the last eight years, completely different scenario.”
He says the Food Truck Alliance is still active and will be showing up at the next City Council meeting.