After ban controversy, Point Ruston to allow Mexican food vendors at Tacoma Farmers Market – KIRO 7 News Seattle


VIDEO: Point Ruston Homeowners Association bans ‘Mexican-style food’ at Tacoma Farmer’s Market

In a statement Wednesday, Point Ruston said it has reached an agreement that will allow certain vendors of Mexican food products to Tacoma Farmers Market.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Tacoma Farmers Market said it recently received a directive from the Point Ruston Owners Association (PROA) to stop selling “Mexican-style food.”

The Tacoma Farmers Market said it responded to PROA to “negotiate a solution,” but the recent decision had an immediate effect with two vendors: El Güero and Burrito Boy.

In an Instagram post, El Güero said he had received a tremendous amount of love and support since Saturday, suggesting customers contact PROA to express their frustration with the decision.

The Tacoma Farmers Market said it had no part in the directive but was obligated to comply with it while discussing a solution with PROA.

“We are deeply saddened by this abrupt news and apologize to the vendors and small business owners affected by this and to our market community who seek out their food offerings at our Sunday Market in Point Ruston,” concluded the Farmers Market post. “We do our best to represent and advocate for the small business owners and sellers we host in our marketplace!”

According to Point Ruston’s original statement, the situation was a “misunderstanding” and was “not something we take lightly.”

The “misunderstanding” revolves around the exclusivity contracts Point Ruston has with Taco Street, which includes exclusivity for Mexican cuisine.

Wednesday’s statement from Point Ruston says they have worked with Taco Street which will allow El Güero and Burrito Boy to continue selling food at future Sunday markets in Point Ruston.


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