Richmond Council to decide if food truck license is revoked
A hearing will be held on May 17 to see if Shameless Buns’ business license in Richmond will be withdrawn.
City of Richmond staff recommended that the business license be withdrawn for a controversial Vancouver food truck that operates in Steveston.
The recommendation, which will be presented to city council on May 17, is based on allegations that they are not following zoning and violating parking regulations.
The food truck operator, however, says the city is trying to “arm it hard” to move after a few businesses complained about their operations in Steveston.
Shameless Buns, a food truck serving Filipino cuisine, has been operating in the Steveston Hub parking lot and an industrial area on Knight Street for the past few months.
The decision to withdraw the license ultimately rests with the city council.
Corvette Romero, co-owner of Shameless Buns, said after receiving their business license they had planned all summer and turned down other events with plans to be in Steveston once or twice a week.
Romero wondered how other food trucks can work in parking lots – like at Canadian Tire – and how the Farmers Market works in a parking lot, but they are not allowed to operate in the Steveston Hub parking lot. .
Romero said they pay Steveston Hub $ 250 to be on their premises, which helps support the nonprofit that offers shared workspace.
Town spokesman Clay Adams explained that while Shameless Buns has been granted a business license to operate in Steveston, they are expected to comply with applicable regulations.
“We identified an area of non-compliance with the permit and zoning by-law scenario and gave them the option to relocate so that they could continue to operate in the area, but unlike another operator, they chose not to do it, ”Adams said.
However, the documents displayed with the Review Hearing Report include Shameless Buns’ application with drawings showing they planned to operate in the Steveston parking space. The plan, however, includes the use of the adjacent empty lot for a business queue.
The city offered Shameless Buns the option to move to Britannia Heritage Shipyards, an offer accepted by Salty’s Lobster Shack, but Romero said there was not enough foot traffic there.
Shameless Buns brings a sequel, she added, and their Filipino cuisine is unique to Steveston.
It feels like the city is “digging in its heels,” Romero said, and they’ve already made a decision despite doing their “due diligence.”
“They are using this regulation to arm us strong,” she said.