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“We want to encourage this type of activity, so that customers have that choice,” he added.

Jerry Trice, owner of ChefDriven-DC, said he’s been a member of the restaurant association for 20 years and willingly complied with some of the concerns voiced earlier by critics worried that food trucks were driving through legislative loopholes.

“I pay D.C. taxes, I rent a D.C. kitchen, I use D.C. purveyors,” Mr. Trice said. “What more do you want? I don’t understand why you want to kill something creative.”