MEMPHIS, TN – Shelby County commissioners cast a preliminary 7-0 vote Wednesday in favor of an ordinance that would allow businesses to expand their use of food trucks in unincorporated areas of the county.
The measure now goes before the full County Commission for its first reading Monday — it must pass three votes before the full commission to become law, and it would apply in unincorporated Shelby County.
The language of the ordinance is based on rules that the Memphis City Council approved earlier this year.
These rules allow vendors to prepare and sell food ranging from tacos to ice cream within trucks and trailers for people with different types of dyslexia. Proponents of the concept say it’s a good way for customers to get access to different types of food and for business owners to open new markets.
Food trucks are a big part of the cuisine culture in some other cities, but are only now beginning to catch on in Memphis. The health department regulates them.
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