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Pizza Truck Proposal Sparks Debate About Competition, Parking in Dobbs Ferry

Owners of Dobbs Ferry pizza parlors speak out against the Cookery's proposal for a mobile pizza truck.

The owners of and spoke openly Tuesday night against e.

"Do we need another pizzeria anywhere in this three-block area?" said Frank Donato, owner of Brick Oven Pizzeria on Main Street. "They will be drawing our lunch hour crowd and taking up parking spaces the village doesn't have."

Though The Cookery's owners originally wanted to put the open, wood-burning oven directly in front of their restaurant, the fire department deemed the space—directly on top of a steep hill— too dangerous. The compromise location officials agreed on was to allow them to set up at the Waterfront during the winter and then join the farmers market on Cedar Street in the spring.

The board has tabled the discussion for now, saying they will continue to weigh residents' concerns including traffic, competition and safety.

"This is a dificult one," said Mayor Hartley Connett. "The first concern is competition—which we can't regulate and isn't necessarily a bad thing. But issues like safety and traffic have to be carefully considered."

What do you think—should the village issue The Cookery a permit to open a mobile gourmet pizza truck in the village? If so, where should it be allowed to operate?

DF November 11, 2011 at 03:32 PM
They should get a permit. I'd love to have a different type of pizza offered in town. The ones we have all seem to have the same menu. Bore snore.
Scott Rosasco November 11, 2011 at 07:21 PM
If all it takes to sell pizza in Dobbs Ferry, is to buy a truck and park it on Cedar Street, then why would anyone rent one of our numerous vacant storefronts? What else can you sell out of a truck that we can conjure up, to compete with our existing downtown merchants? That is not healthy competition for the downtown, nor are the results aesthetically attractive. Why would anyone open a business in Dobbs Ferry, when the village takes a position that encourages that kind of competition? This shouldn't be that complicated a decision.
Elizabeth November 12, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Food trucks are very popular now but we don't need a pizza truck, dry cleaning truck, or a mani-pedi truck in this town.
Tino Sinapi November 12, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Scott, well put. I fully agree
Bill Feingold November 13, 2011 at 01:07 AM
This is not Manhattan. No mobile food trucks please.
change can be good December 20, 2012 at 02:58 AM
the hill in front of the cookery was to dangerous who decided that? The hill in front of the cookery and the one on Cedar where they set up shop have almost the same exact grade. If you are going to lie (government) at least fact check. I am going to buy a food truck now because once you allow one you have to allow them all.

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