Food trucks in Arlington, and common sense, prevail on parking restrictions


The chefs inside the distinctive pink truck of Seoul Food D.C. wanted to be able to park in Arlington for more than an hour, and the county prosecutor decided Monday they can. Until Arlington comes up with a new law. (Astrid Riecken/for The Washington Post)

But in Arlington, a county ordinance limits food trucks to one hour parking (five minutes near a school), even at a two-hour meter, with penalties far heftier than just a parking ticket fine. The proprietors of Seoul Food D.C. decided to fight this. They enlisted the help of the Institute for Justice, last seen here taking Arlington to court in the Wag More Dogs mural case, who in turn enlisted the large law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, to fight for the right to eat kimchi and tacos and lobster and anything else while standing on a sidewalk.

Charged with enforcing such a draconian parking limit, the eminently sane commonwealth’s attorney of Arlington, Theo Stamos, said Monday the county law was too vague to bother. She asked a judge to dismiss the case against Seoul Food, the judge did so, and Arlington officials said they would be redrafting the food truck parking law.

The Post’s Allison Klein and Tim Carman have all the delicious details right here. Upright gourmands of Arlington, unite! I’ll be sitting down somewhere, or else I get that stuff all over me.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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