Central District real estate investor and entrepreneur Ian Eisenberg has sounded the alarm — Taqueria Sotelo could lose its longtime home on E Union because of a complaint to the city.
The technical issue, according to Eisenberg, has to do with pedestrian zones and vehicular zones as marked in property plans. Eisenberg said there have also been complaints the Taqueria Sotelo food truck he’s let park on his 21st and Union property is aesthetically unappealing.
We are working to talk with the owner of the Taqueria Sotelo truck to learn more.
City of Seattle permit and complaint records show the property was also subject to a complaint in late October about advertising signage that went up on the old service station property a few blocks from Eisenberg’s Uncle Ike’s pot shop. “The 2 pole signs and 1 wall sign advertising Uncle Ike’s require permit(s) & inspections or removal,” the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections complaint entry reads.
Eisenberg tells CHS he isn’t sure if the issues with the food truck have any relation to the sign complaint.
“We work with food trucks all the time to point them toward the best solution for parking off street,” Bryan Stevens, a city spokesperson, said. “Typically, if it’s parked in a parking spot on the property then a permit isn’t even required. Other options are often available, but may require a permit. Issues never revolve around the truck itself, but rather where it’s parked.”
The signage complaint gives Eisenberg until November 15th to comply.
“They only act if they get a complaint,” Eisenberg said. “As a property owner, I’m forced to kick them out which sucks. The Central District doesn’t exactly have a lot of food options unlike other parts of the city.”
Eisenberg acquired the former service station at 2015 E Union in 2015 with plans for future possible development.
Eisenberg says people have previously said they wished 2015 E Union taco truck looked more like the food truck setup at neighboring beer hall Chuck’s.