Just before Christmas, the City of Burlingame sponsored an online survey to gauge local awareness and opinion of “a mobile food vendor” in the city’s downtown area. That food truck, of course, would be none other than Curry Up Now.
There appear to only be about 300 self-selecting online members of the public who responded to the survey, which was completed on or before December 23, 2009.
I have lots of questions that I emailed to Patricia Love, Burlingame’s economic development specialist, to try to determine the methodology and reasoning behind such a survey. On its face, its results seem hardly definitive and represent the view of roughly one percent of the population of Burlingame, that is, if we presume that all of the respondents live in Burlingame. Of course, though, only 50 percent of respondents say that they live in the city.
That being said, here were the “results”:
53.4 percent of respondents said they had never purchased food from Curry Up Now.
56.6 percent of respondents said “I think [mobile food vendors] benefit the commercial areas.”
81.1 percent of respondents agreed with the statement: “The trucks increase the diversity of food options in Burlingame.”
67.9 percent of respondents agreed: “Mobile food vendors can take business from local restaurants.”
49.8 percent of respondents agreed: “The City should monitor the situation and consider regulatory changes if problems arise.”
59.1 percent of respondents “would be in favor of vendors if the City is unable to limit the number of mobile vendors allowed in the city”
So, y’know, while most of the results are favorable to Curry Up Now, take it with a large dollop of chutney.