Cuyahoga County to Open Parking Lot for Dim and Den Sum Food Truck

Dim and Den Sum, Cleveland's first gourmet food truck, sells lunch to customers - photo Lonnie Timmons III, The Plain Dealer

By Laura Johnston | Cleveland.com

Dim and Den Sum, Cleveland's first gourmet food truck, sells lunch to customers - photo Lonnie Timmons III, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Food trucks can’t yet park on downtown Cleveland streets, but Cuyahoga County is open for business.

On Friday, Dim and Den Sum — purveyors of fish tacos and pork BLTs — will serve office crowds from a small Ontario Street parking lot, behind the county administration building.

The truck will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., said county spokeswoman Nicole Dailey Jones. And in future lunch hours, other Cleveland food trucks may feature daily specials from the lot.

Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman gives the county’s move five stars.

“I’m thrilled that the county is going to step in here,” Cimperman said Wednesday. “We’ve been stepping in for a long time, and we appreciate any support we can get.”

Chris Hodgson, the owner of the popular food truck, said earlier this month the city of Cleveland will put him out of business if it doesn’t get legislation approved that will allow him to operate downtown at lunch time. He said he’s been waiting since last year for the legislation to make its way through bureaucratic channels.

City Council will consider legislation to allow the food trucks downtown as soon as Monday, Cimperman said. If it passes, trucks will be able to park freely near Cleveland State University and along East Ninth Street.

That food truck zone includes the FREE Stamp down the street from the county building. So if the county keeps its lunch stop parking lot, Lakeside Avenue could transform from a food desert to a gourmet hub.

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