BREAKING: Trouble in Biriyani Cart Land?
A few reports have come in today about police activity in front of the Vendy Award winning Biriyani Cart (on 46th and 6th.) According to Lunch’er Chris it might have had something to do with the crowds of people waiting on line for biriyani in front of Cafe Europa (the generic Midtown deli on the same corner):
“So I was down at Europa (on 6th and 46) grabbing my standard boring salad and on my way out I notice the manager talking to a couple cops. I heard him complaining about the crowds for the Briyani Cart blocking the sidewalk, which is kind of odd considering it doesn’t really effect the entrance at all. Anyways, you might want to ask the Briyani guys if the cops have been bothering them today at all.”
Just confirmed with Meru, the owner of the Biriyani Cart, that the cops did in fact show up earlier today- and have just now returned for a second time to issue tickets.
According to Meru, the police showed up around 1pm today, and told all the carts on the SW corner of 46th and 6th that they would have to leave (that includes two halal carts, the Biriyani Cart, the Biriyani Sandwich Land Cart, and the Carribean Spice Cart.) Biriyani Cart was told it had something to do with parking over subway grates, but he’s parked in the same spot for 6 years without ever having a single problem from police.
With the exception of Meru’s second cart (Sandwich Land) which packed up and left, none of the other carts (including the main Biriyani Cart) had left as of 3pm so the police just showed up again and are taking down vendor permit and license numbers as I type this. Carribean Spice has now left the scene, but the rest of the carts remain for now.
Updates coming as soon as I know more…