Che Ruddell-Tabisola

Matt came to Washington, DC to meet with us in 2010 at a particularly precarious moment in our experience reforming and updating street vending regulations. Myself and the other food truck owners at the time felt anxious and even a little suspicious at the prospects of forming an association, where the fate of our individual businesses would become entangled with the capacity of other food trucks to do volunteer work, continue serving quality food along with great service and otherwise represent our industry well.

However, Matt not only calmed our nerves, but he convinced us that the only way our own businesses would survive was if we lashed ourselves together for the very same reasons that we hesitated to. To be sure, the path that Matt set us on resulted in a regulatory climate that not only allowed for BBQ Bus to thrive, but in my opinion every other food truck in DC too.


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