City Council expands mobile food ordinance

by John Hageman

After a trial run, the mobile food ordinance has been expanded. 

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to expand the areas where food carts can set up shop, including the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood near the University of Minnesota’s west bank campus. 

The original ordinance, passed last year, only allowed food vendors in a portion of downtown. 

But the ordinance proved to be popular among business owners like Turkey To-Go and Chef Shack, and the city explored expansion earlier this year.

Other areas of expansion include the Midtown Global Market and Greenway, East Lake Street and Loring Park.