Peoria, AZ: Mixed reaction on food trucks in downtown Peoria

By Audrey Wise  |

PEORIA, Ill. — Lots of people took advantage of the warm weather and enjoyed lunch outside Friday.

Sunshine and 80 degrees. The perfect recipe for long lines at push carts in downtown Peoria.

However, competition is about to grow.

Tuesday the Peoria City Council approved a pilot program to allow up to three food trucks to park along the 300 block of Hamilton.

Hank Kogel works downtown and eats out a couple times per week. He said, “I think it’s great. It’s another option. Hopefully there will be different types of food than what we already have.”

Food carts have been a staple downtown for a number of years, when it’s nice outside directly competing with area restaurants. Some owners are concerned what impact they may see when food trucks roll in.

“We’re all here to make a few dollars, we’re all entrepreneurs and I wish them all luck. We just all need to make a living,” said Rita Speck, co-owner of Haddad’s.

City staff is working to make an application and they think it will take several weeks before they can award licenses. Either way it’s on the menu and coming soon.

Any entrepreneur interested should contact Peoria Assistant City Manager Chris Setti.

A decision to allow food trucks to park on the public right-of-way outside of the downtown district was delayed for another month.–300370331.html