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The Montague restaurant owner expressing angst about summertime snack trucks along the waterfront siphoning off some of her business is right to be concerned.

But it’s called free enterprise.

Does the owner of Sir Isaac’s restaurant and Mr. Gabe’s Pub expect to have a competition-free zone arbitrarily drawn by town council from June to September?

 It’s summertime and tourists and visitors are naturally drawn to the waterfront. Those snack trucks have the advantage to park nearby and serve their needs with chips, hotdogs and snacks. The town doesn’t have a vendor policy and passed the buck quite nicely along to the waterfront corporation.

The restaurant owner has a legitimate beef with those same customers dining from snack trucks and then trekking up the hill to use her washrooms. Our advice: Post a sign “Customers Only, Thank You.”

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  • Fun on a bun
    April 16, 2014 - 20:31

    Guests at the truck are directed to the public restrooms at the marina in Montague. How would anyone know who had recently been to a business in the area to eat and then go to theirs for the facilities? Only a mind reader. If anyone in the public willingly hands over their money to the operators of the food truck for products they sell, then they are the trucks' customers; not someone else's. Tomorrow they may choose to be the local restaurants customers, and the day after that somebody else's . When an open sign goes up ,its a free -for -all in the sales business. Free enterprise is there for all businesses, year round and seasonal.

  • So what
    April 16, 2014 - 16:48

    Keep your prices and menu competive and you will keep your customers. Don't blame the competition. That's just lazy.

  • Taxes Please
    April 16, 2014 - 10:03

    I side with the business owner on this one. yes the trucks should be allowed in the town IF they pay a vendor's fee that is comparable to the taxes that the owner of the restaurants pay each year.

    • SomeSense
      April 16, 2014 - 14:39

      I would agree that a permit might be a good idea but I don't see any reason it should be comparable to the taxes the owner of the restruant should pay they are not getting (or using) the same services. If the restaurant owner cant compete with them in summer then I say close shop.