Ricardo Quintanilla

Ricardo Quintanilla operates Tacos el Regio.  He offers his customers Mexican cuisine inspired by recipes from Monterrey, Mexico.  He operates his food truck on private property along Nacogdoches Road.  Recently, however, Ricardo had to decide whether or not to sign a 2-year lease under a cloud of uncertainty created by the 300-foot rule.

Across the street from his taco truck—within 300 feet away—sits a vacant commercial property.  If a brick-and-mortar business that sells food moves in across the street Ricardo will be forced to shut down Tacos el Regio.  Even worse, if that happens and he is unable get the newcomer’s permission to reopen his food truck business, Ricardo will have no choice but to relocate his popular food truck while remaining on the hook for the 2-year lease he signed.  Ricardo is not alone.  The same cloud of uncertainly hangs over Regino and Bernardo, and it has already put Rafael’s El Bandera Jalisco food truck out of business.

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