According to Oregon Live, a Southwest Portland food cart successfully lobbied for a change in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission regulation.
Tyler Johnston of Artigiano, argued that the rule requiring commissioners need to review each liquor license application was unnecessary and unfair to food carts at OLCC’s June meeting.
According to OLCC’s minutes, Johnston said that the delay of his license, which was recommended by the Portland Police Bureau and city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, will result in loss of sales during the busiest two months of the year. He continued by adding that this would be a financial burden to his business and requested the board reconsider their position to allow food cart licenses to be issued in the same way they are issued to brick-and-mortar establishments.
The commissioners agreed with Johnston with a 5-0 vote and approved his application on the spot. Future food cart applications will be delegated to staff.
Aritigiano plans to celebrate this victory with jazz and free appetizers from 5 to 9 p.m. on August 10 at the same location the cart normally found.