Mission Cantina 485 West Street, South Amherst
One of the gripes you hear about food carts is that they have an "unfair" advantage over traditional bricks-and-mortar restaurants since they pretty much pay the town only a $100 annual fee to operate.
Restaurants of course either pay a hefty downtown commercial rent to their landlord, or if they own the building, pay the whopping Amherst property tax that is twice that of neighboring Hadley. And recently became even more oppressive with the doubling of the Community Preservation Act tax.
But because the lunch cart system, unlike liquor licenses, is not overly regulated it really is an equal opportunity, two-way street.
For instance, Mission Cantina, one of the more wildly successful restaurants located in the heart of South Amherst's microscopic business district will go before the venerable Amherst Select Board Monday night for a lunch cart license to bring their Mexican fare downtown this coming nice weather season.
Currently the town has two active lunch carts, Sun Kim Bop and New York Halal Food but this will be a first for an established restaurant entering the market.
Viva la competition!
Coming soon to a street near you