Food Trucks Get Committee Vote

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 2/19 12:03 am

If you shop and eat in Downtown Lexington one of your dining options might last a while longer.

Tuesday, the Urban County Council Committee unanimously voted to extend a pilot program to allow food trucks until the end of the year.

It’s only in certain places Downtown but food truck operators said it’s a major step forward.

J. Render’s BBQ is coming up on its one year anniversary.  For the past year it’s been stationed mainly parking on private property.

“That's basically how we had to operate because Lexington has no avenue for food trucks to set up,” said Gwyn Everly, co-owner of J. Render’s BBQ.

J. Render’s wasn’t part of the pilot program that allowed food trucks to park in certain areas of public land Downtown.  It now has a second chance to sign-up since a committee of the Urban County Council voted to extend the program.

“It's been quite a learning experience the last three or four years,” said Matt Bradford of Bradford’s BBQ about the battle food trucks have had trying to get clearance to park.

Bradford’s BBQ was part of the pilot program.  It helped business so much they were able to open a brick and mortar store in addition to their catering business and the food truck.

Bradford said he plans to participate in the program again.

He said participation was limited the first year because of the two-hour parking limit downtown and because many food trucks already had booked schedules.

“The fact that city council is now working with us, the health department is working with us, this is just a win-win,” said Bradford.

“It's a step in the right direction,” said Everly. “Not everything is always perfect so we're going to try to work with it and make it work for us

The full council still has to vote on the program extension.  That is expected to happen on March 6th.

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