APPLETON — Foodies seeking new haunts should look for a late-night food truck in mid-June on the eastern end of downtown College Avenue.
The kitchen on wheels will be Kangaroostaurant.
Owners Kelly and Jay Barnes of Little Chute plan to make stops during the lunch hour at business parks and hunker down from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on College Avenue.
The truck is the first of its kind expected to roll through the city serving up hot sandwiches and burgers and likely will be the only one for a while.
The Municipal Services Committee is recommending a moratorium on food trucks selling in the central business district through the rest of the year.
It’s not final until the Common Council approves the recommendation on Wednesday, but committee members will try to persuade the council they need time to talk about whether a policy regulating the trucks is appropriate.
“Do we want to have requirements on distance from a business, because (right now a) truck pulls right up to a business and starts selling,” said Paula Vandehey, the city’s public works director.
Kangaroostaurant will be carefully watched. City officials think it can serve as a test case that could set the course for future mobile food ventures.
“The food truck movement is a growing thing. I feel like we are sort of setting a precedent in this area, so it’s important that we do it right,” Kelly Barnes said.