Food Trucks May Soon Be Serving On Columbus Streets Again


UPDATED: Saturday March 1, 2014 11:56 PM

The Central Ohio Food Truck Association says there have been breakthroughs over the past 48 hours for the booming food truck industry.

 The organization says negotiations with Columbus city officials are close to getting food trucks back out on the streets.  As of now, the restaurants on wheels must legally park on private property when serving customers.

 “We're not permitted to be out in the public right of way serving food,” said Zach James, with the Central Ohio Food Truck Association.

 That's why food trucks like Hungry Monkey and Junior's Tacos park on private property.  The city currently won't let them serve from the street, but James says all that's changing.

 “There was some concern about the length of trucks, as well as their general construction,” said James.

 James, who also owns the food truck Paddy Wagon, has been working closely with the city to come up with rules for this booming industry.

 “The code is necessary. These changes are necessary. Our city is growing. We're talking about large conventions coming to the city, our food scene is critical to that,” said Columbus City Councilwoman Michelle Mills.

 Changes include establishing permit fees for the trucks, depending on whether they're on public or private property, and determining how long the trucks can be when parked on public roads.

 “The Hungry Monkey truck. It's 20 feet long and, as it stands with the proposed code, this truck would actually be permitted to operate in the public right-of-way,” said James.

 People wanting the creative cuisine say it's all about convenience, and that may soon be right around the corner.

 “I think it's a great opportunity to have more local businesses around, even though it's a mobile business. So, I think it's great if we can find a way to make room for them somehow,” said Grandview Heights resident Katie Krajny.

 James tells 10TV he thinks the negotiations with the city will be finalized within the month.

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