This is the dilemma currently facing local restaurateurs as city officials decide whether food truck vendors should be allowed to set up shop on downtown streets.
Food trucks actually go through all the exact same licensing and regulations that restaurants do. Like restaurants, they have liability insurance. While they don’t pay rent, they do often pay property taxes on the commissary kitchens they’re required to have to prepare food off-site.
A trendy addition to economically progressive cities, gourmet food trucks work by preparing and selling dishes out of vehicles instead of being tethered to the ground as a brick-and-mortar business.
Knoxville business leaders packed a meeting room downtown to discuss rules governing food trucks and their operation on city streets.
Our main concern is just that they provide a designated area so restaurants that are here 365 days a year aren't there right on top of them," West said. A certain distance where they're not just pulling in right in front of a business that's already set up there.
Food trucks are flooding into East Tennessee these days with plenty of new fans each day, but now the City of Knoxville is looking to put into place some rules for the booming industry.
. The city plans to announce the details in a meeting next Wednesday evening, so put it on your calendar. We're hopeful that this will be a happy and supportive meeting, with none of the crazy battles between food truck owners and restaurant owners that have happened in other cities, but we aren't holding our breath.
It just so happened that the bank manager had eaten my food at one of the gourmet tailgate parties that I had catered during a University of Tennessee football game. She approved the loan, and I ordered my mobile kitchen. It was delivered a year ago January
When I have a customer who has never tried our food before and they try that first bite and I get to see the look on their face. That's my favorite moment