Popular Sidewalk Taco Carts Need Amenities

Popular Sidewalk Taco Carts Need Amenities

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It may get tougher to get a bite at a taco stand.

After complaints, the city is requiring 16 food carts, mostly taco stands, to have restroom agreements with a neighboring business. Sidewalks must be cleaned at least twice a month. Some owners will need to provide parking.

A customer, Tom Gabardi, said the restroom requirement is excessive. "If you're going to a taco stand, you don't have to go to the bathroom. That's why you go to a full-service restaurant," he said. Taco carts are "part of city living," Gabardi said.

The City Council unanimously passed the ordinance Tuesday night.

Jaime Rosas, who has operated a taco stand near downtown since 2001, has an agreement to use restrooms at a tattoo parlor. "We like to keep in business. ... As long as I comply with everything, I will have no problems at all," he said.

Mike Holt, general manager of a wholesale flooring business, said customers of a nearby taco stand have been urinating in his parking lot. "No matter how much we spend to make the inside beautiful, it always smells like an outside barbecue," he said.

Estephanie Pacheco, eating tacos at lunch Tuesday, hopes they don't go away. "If they go out of business," Pacheco said, "I'll be sad because the tacos are really good and cheap."


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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