Cincinnati, OH: Food Trucks Find Home in Over-the-Rhine

By  Staff Contributor | Business Courier


Cincinnati City Council has made a move that will allow more of the city’s food trucks to serve customers in Over-the-Rhine and other neighborhoods, Soapbox Cincinnati reports.

The Mobile Food Vending Program, which was first piloted in 2010, was passed into law last week, and in 30 days it will allow new food truck zones in Over-the-Rhine as well as a streamlined application for vendors.

Food truck zones have been in place at Fifth and Race streets, Court Street and Sawyer Point since the program began. They have been expanded to include Fountain Square, the University area, Washington Park and Over-the-Rhine. The law change will set up new breakfast and lunch food truck zones at Washington Park for three trucks and a night zone in OTR at 12th and Clay streets for two trucks.

The organization was interested in OTR because of its relationship with 3CDC and desire to promote Washington Park as a lunch spot. Bistro tables and chairs will be set up to encourage its use. The late-night scene in the neighborhood will also provide new opportunities for food truck owners.

In addition to the new locations, the $25 application fee for food truck operation has been lifted and the $1,000 permit fee can now either be paid in full or split into two payments of $600.

The new food truck zones will be launched during a lunch event on May 17.