Public meeting held to discuss pilot-program for food vendors

Public meeting held to discuss pilot-program for food vendors

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A public meeting was held Wednesday night to talk about bringing food trucks to the streets of downtown Knoxville. A public meeting was held Wednesday night to talk about bringing food trucks to the streets of downtown Knoxville.
Food Truck operators say they realize the amount of time it takes for issues like these to pass through all the facets of government Food Truck operators say they realize the amount of time it takes for issues like these to pass through all the facets of government
"The subject on everyone's mind is the $500 fee," said Rebecca Saldivar, owner of Tootsie Truck. "The subject on everyone's mind is the $500 fee," said Rebecca Saldivar, owner of Tootsie Truck.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A public meeting was held Wednesday night to talk about bringing food trucks to the streets of downtown Knoxville.

You may have seen food trucks at Farmers Market events throughout the year, but current city rules don't allow them to set up shop on a more regular basis.

This pilot-program essentially gives vendors an entire year to work through the kinks.

Before setting up downtown, food truck operators would need a permit with the city, proof of insurance, a health department license and a long list of other requirements.

Vendors say the biggest burden they're anticipating is the $500 mobile food vendor permit.

"The subject on everyone's mind is the $500 fee," said Rebecca Saldivar, owner of Tootsie Truck."I did think that seemed a little excessive at first until they explained how it meant that we won't be feeding parking meters, and that would add up over the course of a year."

Vendors say they're excited about the possibilities in the upcoming year and expect to learn a lot so that food trucks can continue to work in Knoxville. There are only seven locations and certain hours that trucks would be allowed to operate.

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