While lucky Vancouver residents can sample a great variety of food cart fare, “downtown” Richmond is home to just one lonely Japadog stand. It’s time to liven up our moribund downtown street scene by encouraging the establishment of a food cart culture, perhaps north of the Canada Line Brighouse terminus where there are wide sidewalks that are generally packed with daytime commuters and shoppers.
Richmond has little to offer diners beyond its chain restaurants and Asian cuisine offerings, for which we can be justly proud and appreciative to have. But, sometimes, we might just want to bite into an authentic taco or schnitzel or maybe a cannoli, all of which were available from food carts at the recent Street Food City event in Downtown Vancouver.
Beyond Asian fare, Richmond’s food choices are shrinking. Soon the beloved Greek Restaurant Felicos will close. We can quickly rectify this culinary deficiency by placing food carts at strategic spots in our city centre.