SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A proposal working its way through Santa Fe City Council would expand limits on food trucks already in place near the Plaza to the Canyon Road area.
Last year, Santa Fe City Council approved the Vehicle Vendor Ordinance, which blocked vendors like food trucks from setting up near or on the Plaza, save for a few select spots.
In the months since, some of those vendors moved to the Canyon Road area to take advantage of the foot traffic there. That was problematic for some of the businesses and the city, because of the tight squeeze caused by those large food trucks.
Bonnie French, president of the Canyon Road Merchants Association, says in at least one case, a truck was set up in such a way where customers had to be served by walking into the road.
“The road is too narrow… the sidewalk is too narrow,” said city councilor Joseph Maestas.
“We wanted [food trucks] to be an option but we wanted it to be safe,” said French.
Maestas is backing a proposal to expand the area where food trucks are restricted to the Canyon Road area stretching from Alameda Street on the north, Paseo de Peralta on the west, Camino del Monte Sol on the east and Acequia Madre street on the south.
This wouldn’t be an all-out ban. Maestas is also backing a companion piece of legislation designating one spot in the city parking lot in the Canyon Road area for a food truck to set up shop. Part of the reason for that is the limited amount of affordable food options in that area currently.
“We get a lot of tourists from all over the world really and these mobile vendors provide a great affordable alternative,” said Maestas.
“We could have some more businesses that serve different price points which would be really nice,” said Samaya Blaise, who works at Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths on Canyon Road. “We would probably benefit a lot from that as well.”
The proposal is working its way through the council process. Maestas says it’s scheduled to be heard by the full council in late May.