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Street Eats
A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts

When it comes to running a restaurant, the three most important factors are location, location, and location! That is what makes food carts such a neat idea. These mobile restaurants can sell food at the busiest corners in a city without paying the high cost of renting a permanent space. They set up early in the morning and sell their food over a tiny counter or through a window. At the end of the day, they are packed up and hauled away by a car or truck. However, mobile food vendors are not a new idea. In fact, they have been around for thousands of years.

Nearly two thousand years ago, the streets of Rome were filled with food carts selling all types of meals, from sweets and snacks to hearty dinners. Like many of today’s city-dwellers, the people of Rome lived in tiny homes without much space to cook. Many did not have ovens, which made preparing a hot meal at home impossible. So instead, ancient Romans bought their food on the street. They ate and socialized with their neighbors, strengthening the community and helping the local economy at the same time.

Ancient Greece had food carts too. Vendors with wooden carts sold fried fish to the people of Athens. In Sparta, people grabbed meals of porridge or soup on the go.

Mobile food vendors also have a long history in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia and Malaysia, food sellers of the late nineteenth century carried entire restaurants on their backs! These mini-restaurants consisted of a stove, two stools, and a small table. The entire contraption could be fit together and carried from one corner to the next in search of customers.


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