Ken Chafin says city treats food stands differently from food trucks

5:00 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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By Grant Bissell

St. Louis (KSDK) - A downtown hotdog and hamburger vendor says businesses like his are being treated unfairly by the city.

Food trucks are only allowed to set up in certain areas, but all vendors must be 200 feet apart.

Ken Chafin is only allowed to sell food at the corner of Tenth and Walnut, but he says there's much more business just a block away near City Garden.

Chafin is upset because the city doesn't allow stationary vendors there and he says he's losing business to the nearby food trucks.

"They got the prime spot and I'm forbidden from getting that location, you know? That's my rub," said Chafin.

Chafin says if things don't change, he'll be forced to shut down his stand and buy a truck to stay in business.

A city spokesperson tells us the stationary spots have been around for a long time, but they may be open to creating new locations for them.



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