Chicago's regulations of food trucks have achieved their desired effect: protecting restaurants by crushing food trucks.
The Schnitzel King reports on Facebook:
Happy Monday schnitzelers! First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us through our schnitzel journey. We are sad to say we are closing our doors for now, but that doesn't mean the Schnitzel King will be off the road forever. With the harsh food truck laws in Chicago, coupled with some kinks at our storefront location, we've been forced to close down our schnitzel operations here in Chicago. We are taking our schnitzel to greener pastures so stay tuned for updates in the future!
Schnitzel King's owners are remaining party to a lawsuit led by the Institute for Justice, which posts on the matter:
The city has banned food trucks from doing business within 200 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that serves food. That includes not only restaurants but coffee shops and convenience stores as well.
Violate that rule, and entrepreneurs can face fines of up to $2,000 — ten times the penalty for parking in front of a fire hydrant. To enforce the 200-foot rule, Chicago is forcing all food truck owners to install a GPS tracking device that reports each truck’s every move. That invasion of privacy shows a shameful lack of respect for Chicagoans’ constitutional rights.
Protecting restaurants from rolling competition was a stated goal of the regulations on food trucks, as I reported last year:
Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney — who owns a chain of restaurants — demanded a food truck law that "protects brick-and-mortar restaurants," the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Tunney is the former chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association, which has led the fight to restrict food trucks.
Government is just the word for things we choose to do together — like kill the American dream and protect incumbent businesses.