Vinny Navarro, the cart owner, got a permit from the city. He followed the rules.
Maybe the restaurant owner should think about it this way: someone walks by on their lunch break to get a hot dog...while waiting, they notice the restaurant and make note to check out the restaurant for dinner. Everybody wins!
According to the article, Vinny even sells hot dogs until 3am on club nights. To me, that's genius. Back home, when the clubs let out there are certain food places that get tons of business. Go by a Williams Chicken at 2am and you'll see what I'm talking about.
We were real excited when we saw the hot dog vendor on Main. To us, It's a sign that downtown is growing and foot traffic is increasing to the point where someone is trying to make a living as a vendor. You want a "real" downtown? Well, a real downtown includes vendors along with sidewalk musicians and people like that.
As long as no one is down there selling gold chains from the inside of their trench coat, I'm cool with it.