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.”