Food-truck hub in Barrie’s downtown would be ‘gastrosuicide,’ says business owner

Meals-truck hub in Barrie’s downtown can be ‘gastrosuicide,’ says enterprise proprietor

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When downtown-business proprietor Randy Aylwin noticed metropolis council had accredited the Patios In every single place Program throughout Monday evening’s assembly, there was one a part of this system that induced him concern.

Aylwin, proprietor of the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery on Dunlop Avenue and board member of Barrie’s Downtown Enterprise Enchancment Space (BIA), observed a part of this system contains waiving charges for meals vans till Oct. 15, permitting them to make use of a devoted location within the Chase McEachern Method parking zone.

However to Aylwin and different brick-and-mortar enterprise homeowners in Barrie’s downtown, the Chase McEachern lot is just too shut. Ought to a food-truck hub be allowed so shut by, he worries they’ll be taking a chunk out of downtown enterprise revenues throughout an already-tumultuous time.

“It was a shock to me. I had heard rumblings of the prolonged patio program, which made sense to me. Lots of my enterprise after I re-open will probably be take-out, so I would like locations for individuals to go and sit,” he mentioned.

“We’re ‘all in’ on extending the patio program however to arrange a meals (truck) courtroom in our yard, nicely, that is gastrosuicide,” he mentioned.

The Patios In every single place Program would see charges for restaurant patios waived till Oct. 15, and would enable patios to increase into parking tons.

Metropolis workers are hoping the transfer will make it simpler for native eateries hit exhausting by the COVID-19 pandemic to bounce again as soon as they’re allowed to re-open their doorways, whereas nonetheless making a secure, socially distanced house for his or her patrons.

“Meals is a big draw for us as a downtown. If you happen to create a food-truck courtroom, so to talk, to me it appears counter-productive to that walkable, sharable vibe that’s downtown,” he mentioned.

With the Dunlop Streetscape Venture transferring alongside, Aylwin mentioned it doesn’t make sense to him to have individuals park in entrance of his enterprise to then stroll to the parking zone to go to meals vans.

“It appears it needs to be the opposite method round. We wish to encourage everybody to get to our a part of town to see it, really feel it and perceive it. Particularly this 12 months, after we want individuals so desperately,” he mentioned.

Michelle Banfield, director of improvement companies with the Metropolis of Barrie, ready the unique report back to council on this system. She mentioned that whereas the report included point out of the Chase McEachern lot, the intention was for it to be thought of as a hypothetical and never essentially a remaining dedication.

“There’s no determination that has been made,” mentioned Banfield. “Workers is exploring utilizing related areas. The emphasis there’s ‘exploring.’”

“We’re attempting to be nimble, however after all we’re going to work by any form of pinch factors that come up by this,” she mentioned.

The intention, says Banfield, is to provide eating places who don’t have the choice to increase their patios a meals truck choice to increase their income alternatives.

“We have been actually simply utilizing Chase McEachern for example,” she mentioned.

Banfield says metropolis workers has been listening to suggestions from many enterprise homeowners and will probably be taking all suggestions into consideration when selecting a location for meals vans to congregate. She additionally mentioned that when metropolis workers closes in on a location determination, neighbours will probably be notified for session.

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