A Food Fight in Newark
Not for nothing, but it’s really refreshing to blog stories about lunch truck rivalry and Starbucks closings. Great glimpse from Katie Wang of the lunch trucks in Newark and the men who operate them.
It is a rivalry that has stewed for years on this two-block stretch in downtown Newark.
Lunch trucks versus restaurants.
Restaurant owners have dismissed the food trucks parked on Mulberry Street as unsanitary freeloaders who do not have to pay property taxes like they do. Years ago, they went to City Hall to complain. They did not get very far.
The lunch-truck vendors did not budge. After all, they were here to make a living just like those res taurant guys.
Then, one day this spring, a shiny, new red truck showed up on the block by the Gateway office center near Penn Station. It was a novel concept: pizza on wheels.
The arrival of Lost Brothers Pizza also did something few could have expected. It gave the restau rants and other trucks something they could agree on. Both sides be lieve the new kid on the block is infringing on their business.