Re:Atlantas "favorite" hotdog- Why are there no MOBILE food vendors?
Georgia hates mobile food vendors. The laws that are in place require a considerable investment in a base of operation to work out of. There is no way you can generate enough money off a hot dog cart to also pay the rent and utilities for a commercial location. The laws in place make it illegal to share a commissary space. Atlanta has group working to change these laws. However, it seems that every time they jump a hurdle there is another in their way. There is a local Atlanta councilwoman who sponsors a monthly gathering of the Atlanta food trucks and street vendors. To fully understand the costs involved for a base of operation consider this. Even if your hot dog cart has a three compartment sink, the sink is only big enough to wash your serving utensils, required by law at least every 4 hours. You still are required to have a sink three compartment sink large enough to wash your steamer pans; if said sink is hooked up to municipal sewers then you are required to also have a grease trap. Your hot water heater has to be a commercial model or you may need a chemical wash system. If you plan on chopping up onions and slicing tomatoes you need a separate sink for the vegetable. Then you need some kind of NSF certified refrigerator to store your hotdogs and perishables off hours. Add improvements, rent deposits, utility deposits, business license, etc. and your will have at least $15,000 invested in your base of operation. (This figure is based on used equipment and some of the improvements by you,)
Bottom line is there is no way you are going to purchase a $2500 hot dog cart and be legally in business in Georgia. On the bright side is if you are looking to do a multi unit operation then it would be feasible.
Sorry for the rant, but we are trying hard to be a legal part of our community.