Mobile food truck operators may get own parking zones

3:47 AM, Apr 18, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The debate has simmered for months -- where can food truck operators park on Cleveland streets?

Channel 3 News has learned that city council could soon be considering legislation that would designate new food truck parking zones in downtown Cleveland.

Last year, Cleveland started a "sustainable street food pilot program," which allows food to be cooked and sold at a mobile site.

However, confusion over permitted parking spots has been an issue for food truck operators.

Some restaurant owners also voiced concerns about the locations where food trucks will be allowed to set up shop.

"This will be the first year with multiple trucks," said Jae Stulock, co-owner of Umami Moto, a food truck serving Thai and Vietnamese dishes, "and it's kind of taken (city council members) by surprise. So they're putting some legislation together to make it a viable thing for us."

Stulock was one of several food truck operators in Tremont Sunday for the "C-Town Chow Down" at Lincoln Park.

"Last month was the first 'Chow Down,'" Stulock said, "and some of the restaurants around here were a bit anxious... about having us out here. As it turns out, they had a record day and they've since retracted their complaints."

Elvis Serrano of Cleveland operates the food truck Jibaro. He thinks designated food truck zones next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cleveland State University will help his business.

"It will draw a lot more people to it," Serrano said.


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