Food truck operators sue city of Evanston
Updated: August 7, 2012 1:51PM
Two young entrepreneurs are prohibited from bringing their food truck to Evanston because of what they say is an arbitrary, anticompetitive ordinance. So they’re seeking to have the restriction struck down in court.
When James Nuccio and Gabriel Wiesen launched their food truck, Beavers Donuts, they were simply following their dreams.
But despite their success elsewhere, James and Gabriel are not allowed to operate in Evanston. That’s because Evanston’s City Code only allows owners or agents of existing brick-and-mortar restaurants to operate food trucks there.
“The Illinois Constitution guarantees equal protection and due process under the law,” said Jacob Huebert, Associate Counsel at the Liberty Justice Center, a public interest litigation center that is representing the entrepreneurs, in a news release. “But Evanston isn’t treating people equally. The city is giving restaurant owners a special right that it won’t give to everyone else, for no legitimate reason.”
The lawsuit was to be announced at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. today, Aug. 7, at Fountain Square Plaza in downtown Evanston.