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Tahou's owner working with county on ID solution

The owner of Nick Tahou's Restaurant is working with Monroe County officials on a solution after his food truck was ticketed at the Lilac Festival (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - The owner of Nick Tahou's Restaurant is working with Monroe County officials on a solution after his food truck was ticketed at the Lilac Festival.

Alex Tahou, owner of the family-run business, said he believes he is being unfairly targeted by the City of Rochester for not having photo identification badges for his employees.

Tahou said two Florida food vending trailers are also in violation of the city ordinance, but have not been ticketed by the city.

13WHAM News asked the operators if they were required to have identification badges. They said they didn't know anything about it.

"They can operate without the permit...but I need the permit," Tahou said. "Is there a law? Yeah. Am I violating the law? Yeah. But are others? Yes. Are they ticketed? No."

According to the Rochester Police Department, officers issued six tickets Tuesday and nine Wednesday. It is not yet clear if the vendors whom Mr. Tahou referenced were among those ticketed.

A city spokesperson said all food truck and trailer vendors are supposed to have these badges. That includes vendors from out of town.

Tahou said he plans to talk with the County Parks Department about working something out after the festival is over.


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