Pizza di Joey
Pizza di Joey

A lawsuit that would allow food trucks more free reign in Baltimore got the green light from a judge on Thursday.

The city argued that the suit, which challenges a law that says food trucks cannot operate within 300 ft. of a brick-and-mortar eatery, should be thrown out. But a judge ruled that the legal action will go forward on Thursday. The ruling essentially clears the way for the case to begin the meat of the argument. But with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration calling the case “much ado about nothing,” a judge had to rule whether the case had merit.

The lawsuit is being brought by Nikki McGowan of Madame BBQ and Joey Vinano of Pizza di Joey. The Virginia-based Institute of Justice is providing legal help.

“We intend to get this anticompetitive law struck down not only for the benefit of the city’s food trucks, but for all entrepreneurs and the Baltimoreans eager to be their customers,” said IJ Attorney Greg Reed in a statement.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.