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Still, many food-truck owners are just one cracked engine block or arbitrary parking rule away from calling it quits. One of the city’s highest-rated vendors, Basil Thyme, may close in the next few weeks. Brian Farrell, who owns the pasta and lasagna trucks, points the floury finger of blame straight at regulators: “The city of D.C. has been nothing but a series of hurdles and difficulties,” he told a reporter for CityPaper, the local alternative weekly. “They’re just painful to deal with.”
That was followed by one of the saddest sentences a foodie could ever read about a successful culinary entrepreneur: Farrell, the paper said, “plans to return to his previous career in IT sales.”
This story originally appeared on Bloomberg View on May 27, 2013.