Downtown Restaurants Bitter About Foodtrucks
Times are tough for local food establishments near the Metrodome and some believe it’s Mayor R.T. Rybak’s fault. Some restaurants complain of business being down as much as 20-50 percent on Sundays and they attribute this to the mayor’s emphatic public support for food trucks on Vikings game days. Mamhoud Elgamil, owner of Pizza La Vista, and Russell King, owner of the Alley Bar and Restaurant, both claim that the mayor is unfairly disregarding them. Elgamil told 5 eyewitness news that Mayor Ryback should take into consideration that he has property taxes and employees to pay, citing that food trucks have it way easier; they aren’t burdened by as many bills.