By Haley Ritchie | Metro News
Four new food trucks and one gelato cart will be rolling onto Ottawa’s streets for mid-May.
Competition was fierce for the program, with only five out of 28 applications getting a new licence.
The city will be seeing some return of old culinary favourites and some brand new offers including Nacho Cartel, located on Argyle Avenue near the Museum of Nature, and the Rico Peru truck opening in Vanier.
Familiar names that are going mobile include Stella Luna Gelato, which will operate a downtown cart on the corner of Bank and Spark streets.
The Bytown Bayou, an already operating food truck that has been catering private events in the city, will now have a spot to serve up it’s Louisiana smoke house fare in Hintonburg.
Regulars at the recently closed Mayflower restaurant on Elgin Street can also rejoice: owner Bob Jones will be returning to the Ottawa food scene in his own truck located on the west side of Courtwood Cresent, near Carlington Park.
Jones plans to serve the same kind of food as the Mayflower: “fresh made from scratch up to date comfort food,” he said.
The new additions will bring the total number of street food vendors to over 60 since the city launched it’s food truck program three years ago.
Philip Powell, the city’s manager of licensing, permits and markets, said the city has gotten great feedback from both vendors and customers.
“It’s very exciting, they’ve been really well received by the citizens of Ottawa and in many cases they continue to sell out on a daily basis. People will be really excited about the new ones coming on and we’ll look forward to trying them out,” he said.
The city plans to host a rally at City Hall on May 13 to introduce the new trucks.
More to come.