Orlando: Dismal Economy Helps Fuel Food Truck Craze

Gator Country BBQ is one of the food trucks trying to make a living in the bad economy.
Gator Country BBQ is one of the food trucks trying to make a living in the bad economy.

ORLANDO —You’ve probably seen them around town.  Cheesy burritos, gator skewers and the all-popular empanadas are just some of the options straight off the truck.

In this case, it’s the Gator Country BBQ, just one of many food trucks in downtown Orlando. And these trucks are growing in number.

“It’s a combination of the economy, the unemployment rate, which is at least double what is being reported to us,” says economist John Ledford. “We’re seeing this burst of entrepreneurship that we haven’t seen in a very long time.”

Ledford adds operating trucks is a more simple and cheaper than renting a location. That doesn’t make it easier.

Truck owner Tom Waggestad says his business has its downfalls. He says some nights he doesn’t make any money, and getting operating permits can be difficult.

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