Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Was Swenson's Trying to Monopolize the Cleveland Food Truck Scene at Walnut Wednesdays?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Walnut Wednesdays have officially concluded for this season, but not before vendors got into a heated food fight after a truck from the fast food chain Swenson's rolled in to compete in a market that was predominately supported by mom-and-pop style trucks.

Boasting prices that were nearly 50 percent lower than those of Walnut Wednesday's local vendors, Swenson's essentially "went Wal-Mart on their asses," monopolizing a mini lunchtime economy that had previously been functional and balanced.

One local vendor Kelly Waddell of the Nosh Box, was so furious at Swenson's audacity that she posted this sign outside her truck, WKYC reports:

Can you blame her? 

While we doubt there was any true malice behind Swenson's decision to park in the Nine Twelve District on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., we are a bit befuddled as to why this former local business isn't showing somma that R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

No word on whether Swenson's will make an appearance at the Walnut Wednesdays luncheons next season.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 6, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation