Battle Grounds lone food cart may soon have company

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Several times, Lanny Montero hoped to order lunch from the food cart in the parking lot of Value Giant hardware off East Main Street, only to learn it was closed.The 66-year-old Battle Ground resident got his wish Tuesday shortly after noon. To his delight, Holy Smoke … It’s Big B’s BBQ, the city’s lone food cart, was open for business on the chilly, overcast day. “You’re isolated out here essentially,” said Montero after ordering a brisket sandwich. “If you want to get good food at carts, which is fun, you have to go all the way to Portland, which is a 45-minute drive.”Battle Ground residents may soon have more food cart options after the city’s council voted 5-2 Monday night to allow up to five food carts in the city at a given time. Previously, the city’s proposed regulations allowed for three food carts, which need permits and business licenses to operate. The food cart ordinance came after officials received around 10 inquiries in the past 12 months about starting food carts, officials said. While Monday’s ordinance opens the possibility for additional food carts, Battle Ground officials were unsure whether Holy Smokes would soon have company.last_img read more