Birmingham, AL: Mobile Vendors Face Scrutiny from Competitors

Chad Schofield, front, and Mac Russell prepare lunch in the mobile kitchen of their Shindigs Catering Truck, which is open for lunch Mondays through Fridays. (Birmingham News/Michelle Campbell)

By Sherea Harris | MyFOXoxAl.com

Chad Schofield, front, and Mac Russell prepare lunch in the mobile kitchen of their Shindigs Catering Truck, which is open for lunch Mondays through Fridays. (Birmingham News/Michelle Campbell)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – There’s some controversy surrounding a new trend in Birmingham. You may have seen or eaten at one of the food trucks around town.

We’ll, not everyone is okay with them setting up for commerce.

One business owner complained about the food trucks in downtown Birmingham and the complaint led to one food truck forced to move.

The owner of “Cantina on Wheels,” Alex Castro, says he couldn’t believe when police asked him to move his truck parked downtown across near Harbert Plaza.

He feels other businesses are afraid of the competition the food trucks bring.

Sharon Chandley was one the person who complained.

She owns Adobe Fire Grill located inside the food court of the Harbert Plaza.

Over the last few weeks she says the food trucks have become a nuisance and they’re taking customers from the businesses downtown.

Sharon Chandley said, “It can’t be a free for all, battle of the trucks. They’re running their generators all day, the noise. We’re not trying to be hard to deal with. We just are trying to get some kind of ordinance passed sooner rather than later. What’s going to happen when three more restaurants get trucks.”

Alex Castro said, “Why would somebody be upset about it. I think what it’s all about is competition. You have to put up with whatever is coming.”

As for Castro. He says he didn’t mean to upset anyone and because “Cantina on Wheels” is mobile, there’s an easy solution to the problem.

Castro says, “If it’s not working in one place, you can always take it to another place.”

FOX6 News spoke to Birmingham City Councilor Jonathan Austin. He says Birmingham wants to be food truck friendly.

The city is still working on an ordinance for the trucks that will specify certain areas they can park.

Austin says that until the ordinance is in place, he stresses that food trucks need to park in metered parking spaces.

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