The food truck craze has reached such a fevered pitch in the District, now the DC government is having its falafel and eating it too.
"You're aware of the 10% dc sales tax?"
Serve up the barbeque, pour on the extra sauce, and don't forget the tax.
"Isn't that pretty much every restaurant... Just the food trucks now?"
Yep, that's exactly right. DC's food trucks had always paid a flat $1500 annual tax. Now the city is implementing the sales tax act, and food trucks are no longer immune. They have to charge customers 10% on every sale.
Customer reactions varied.
"Oh man... That's rough... I don't know."
"What's 10%? Everybody has to get their cut, right?"
"It doesn't change my willingness to come to food trucks."
"We're giving away free macaroons because of sales tax today!"
James McCauley eats at food trucks almost every day. He thinks the tax is fair, it's just annoying: "Things are already kind of expensive. I pay with my credit card so there's an additional fee for that too."
Steve Adelson who owns Carnivore BBQ and Catering says he fine with paying his fair share: "At this point we're on a level playing field and we should be treated with same respect, instead of like the pariah we've been deemed."
Monday, the first day of the tax went off without too many complaints. Customers we found are still enjoying the convenience and the relatively inexpensive meal despite the added 10%.