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LEXINGTON, KY – Lexington city leaders are looking into expanding where food trucks can conduct business.  A city council committee reviewed a proposal Tuesday to allow food trucks in professional office zones around the community.

Division of Planning Director Chris King says proximity to neighborhoods should be considered.  “The only thing that does give me pause is that a lot of times P-1 are very close to residential and were set up and agreed to by neighborhoods as a step down buffer and if a food truck came in running a generator, generating smells, they might not be happy,” said King.

The Planning Committee took no action on the matter.  Committee member Steve Kay suggests tighter restrictions if the office center is situated near residential areas.  “Make an accessory use, except where the adjacency between the applicant and a residential area is x and we can figure out what that is  and that is a conditional use, so they would have to let the neighbors know, if they’re residential,” said Kay.

Food trucks are allowed to do business in selected downtown areas during specific times.  ?The committee will revisit the issue.

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OWENSBORO, KY – The city of Owensboro’s new ordinance permitting food trucks on city streets has garnered inquiries, a city official said, and starting Monday, anyone interested in picking up an application packet explaining the process can do so.

“We’ve had several calls to our business license department and to the special events director asking questions, and we have finalized the language in the city application package,” Assistant City Manager Ed Ray said. “It will be available Monday.”

The Owensboro City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance April 15 clearing the way for food trucks to operate within the city. The ordinance, which sparked opposition from several downtown business owners, passed with only a minimum of opposition when it came up for second reading and a vote.

Under the terms of the ordinance, food trucks — or “mobile food vendors” — can park almost anywhere as long as they are at least 100 feet from traditional restaurants or food service establishments. They will not be allowed to park on Veterans Boulevard, however.

They will be allowed to park near city parks. The ordinance allows mobile food vendors to operate throughout the city, including downtown, under strict rules.

Food trucks — basically, restaurants on wheels — sell food through the side window of a cube van or other type of vehicle. They are common sights in many cities.

In fact, Tim Ross, the city’s director of public events, who outlined the food truck pilot program proposal to the commission in March, said food truck vending is a national trend that adds energy and atmosphere to communities while creating additional pedestrian traffic.

The ordinance will require that food trucks operating near a city park have an additional permit issued by the Parks and Recreation Department.

What won’t be allowed under the ordinance are mobile food carts, those small trailers or push carts that sell food under a tent or canopy that could cause sidewalk congestion. Also not allowed — food trailers pulled by another vehicle.

“Food trucks will have to be self-contained vehicles,” Ray said.

Trailers will be allowed for special events, and they are allowed on private property with permission of the property owner, Ray said.

“There is a procedure for that,” he said.

According to the ordinance, food trucks are required to have a city business license, liability insurance, a Department of Health permit and a city mobile food vending permit. Food truck operators will be charged $250 for an annual permit and an additional $400-a-year fee if operating in the downtown entertainment district.

The trucks will be allowed in areas other than residential areas from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Hours for residential zones are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trucks can not operate more than five hours in a single location. They will not be allowed to operate within 1,000 feet of a school without the school’s permission and no closer than 100 feet to any business whose primary business is food and beverage sales (except for special events).

Miranda Hernandez, co-owner with her husband Antonio Hernandez of theMexcellent Grill, based in Evansville, said the company is interested in theOwensboro market. However, their food vehicle is a 17-foot trailer pulled by a pickup truck. The operation debuted in Evansville last year.

“We bring our daughter to the new Smothers Park, and we love it,” Miranda Hernandez said. “We stay pretty busy, but we might try it one day a week. I think we’d definitely come for lunch and dinner.”

Kenny Jackson of Owensboro and his partners operate the Kentucky Cookers barbecue trailer, which consists of a new 29-foot trailer that is pulled by a separate vehicle.

“We’d love to do it (here), but I don’t know if we will be included,” Jackson said. “We have state-wide permit. We don’t want to put anybody out of business. We just want to make a living.”

Jackson said he doesn’t understand the difference between a food truck and his operation.

“We bought a beautiful trailer,” he said. “We didn’t convert an old bread truck.”

Jackson said he is interested in the option of operating his trailer on private property.

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LOUISVILLE, KY – The latest venture from food truck owners Liz and Jesse Huot now has a name and a slightly more definitive opening date.

The Huots have traversed Louisville for about three years, selling burgers in a food truck they dubbed Grind. Now they will settle down, so to speak, in a storefront at 3311 Preston Highway, near the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The location was most recently occupied by Oasis Sushi and Soul Karaoke Bar.

The restaurant will be called Grind Burger Kitchen and will feature the same burgers that are offered on the food truck. The bricks-and-mortar location also will sell fries and new vegetarian options.

The couple plan a soft opening after the Kentucky Derby.

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LEXINGTON, KY – As the Bluegrass Food Truck Association presents the 2nd Bluegrass Food Blast this weekend  (Friday, June 22 11am-6pm and Saturday, June 23 11am-4pm) the Food Trucks in Lexington are far from free.

The pilot program forecast for this summer when the Task Force began meeting a year ago is not yet in place. Food trucks in Lexington occupied a tenuous, precarious Private-Property-Only position long before the Task Force was formed, and more than a year later, they still do.  Bluegrass Food Truck Association Director Sean Tibbetts says, “the task force has failed mobile vendors, voted against all of our proposed compromises, and is pushing hard to get our hours and locations restricted to a point that will force most of us out of business,” adding, “the task force has refused all compromises from the food trucks, voted to skip review in the committee and is proceeding to city council on July 10.”

In April, the Association hosted the first Bluegrass Food Blast at the corner of Main and Midland, in the rocky lot where a CVS pharmacy was once planned. Over a thousand diners attended, and most vendors sold out. Tibbetts says, “We must figure out how to get our government to listen not only to the mobile vendors, but the overwhelming majority of the public that supports us and wants to see us become an integral part of the community fabric that will result in a more progressive Lexington.”

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