The Alexandria City Council has approved a pilot program for food vendor cards on Market Square in Old Town Alexandria.
The program, which will run from early April through October 2011, will allow a maximum of eight vendor carts to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages.
The carts will be in place from 11:00am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday and on Sunday. Saturday hours are from 1:00pm to 5:00pm because of the weekly Farmers Market in the same location.
Tables and chairs, supplied by the city, will be available on the plaza.
What foods will be available? We don’t know yet.
Only existing Old Town restaurants were invited to apply for the eight spots in the pilot program.
Applicants will be reviewed using the following criteria:
- “Food and beverage offerings should not overlap, and should offer an appealing variety of choices for customers, as to type, price and degree of sophistication to the general Old Town market.
- Vendors should understand the economics of their menu offerings, the cost of the operation and the market, and demonstrate in their application that they are knowledgeable about the elements of a successful vending business.
- Vendors must commit to adhere to the Rules for Market Square Pilot Vending Cart Program.”
Vendors will set their own prices and retail items (shirts, hats, etc.) will NOT be permitted.
I think this will be a terrific attraction for Alexandria residents, workers and visitors. And since our Coldwell Banker office is directly across the street from Market Square I expect to be a regular!
Thinking about buying or selling a house in Alexandria?
Let’s do lunch at the new vendor carts on Market Square in Old Town Alexandria – just give me a call at 703.927.4554.