Cincinnati, OH: More Food Trucks Headed to Fountain Square

The lunch crowd lines up at the mobile food truck spot at Fifth and Race streets downtown.

By STAFF | Business Courier

The lunch crowd lines up at the mobile food truck spot at Fifth and Race streets downtown.

Cincinnati City Council today approved a plan to create new areas for mobile food trucks around Fountain Square.

The vote was unanimous in support of Councilmember Laure Quinlivan’s plan.

Councilmember Laure Quinlivan places her order at the Fire Side Pizza stand.

The plan creates one zone on Vine Street and two more zones on Fifth Street where owners of mobile food trucks can sell food and drinks. Vendors can park in the designated areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except during morning and afternoon rush hour periods on Monday through Friday.

Vendors have been requesting a zone near Fountain Square since the mobile food vending pilot program passed in summer 2010.

The Cincinnati Center City Development Corp., or 3CDC, used to allow some food vendors to operate under a large tent on the square but stopped that after complaints that the tent blocked the view of the fountain, according to a news release issued by Quinlivan’s office.

3CDC approached Quinlivan in September about creating mobile food zones on the streets around the square to accommodate food trucks. Quinlivan contacted property owners around the square, and most support the new mobile food zones.

“Anyone who visits Fountain Square this holiday season will have a few more food options,” Quinlivan said in the news release, “and vendors may just have to hire a few more people.”

Cincinnati’s Department of Community Development reports that the Mobile Food Vending program has created or retained more than 80 jobs, according to the release.