Owners of a food cart in the city’s fledgling program to bring diverse tastes to the streets of Toronto have shut down indefinitely, blaming a bad location, high costs and red tape that prevents them from changing anything.
Blair and Kathy Bonivento sold Greek souvlaki in front of Nathan Phillips Square as part of Toronto a la Cart, a three-year pilot project. The couple opened the cart in May and kept it going for a little over a month.
Eventually they quit, saying that the location — at the west end of a long line of hot dog carts and chip trucks — simply wasn’t viable and they weren’t making enough money.
Some argued the city should simply set parameters and let vendors set up the businesses themselves.
“This is micromanagement and this is bad business,” said Marianne Moroney, who heads an association representing 100 of the city’s hot dog vendors. “Good business ideas never come from the city.”