A Growing Divide Builds Between Food Trucks In Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A group of angry food truck owners are protesting the organization that manages scheduling for Downtown Indianapolis’ busiest events, alleging favoritism with a food truck alliance.

About 35 independent truck owners say Downtown Indy, Inc. changed its policy for selecting trucks that can park on Georgia Street during convention and sporting events, and they claim only trucks that are part of Indy Food Truck Alliance were notified. The IFTA is a membership-based group of about 20 trucks led by Darcie Kornmeyer, whose husband owned the now-closed Scratchtruck food truck.

“It’s really the IFTA versus the non-IFTA trucks,” said Tressie Mickens-Maxwell, owner of Soul Sista on the Move food truck, who is not part of the alliance. “We’ve run into so many detours because we are not IFTA trucks, and IFTA is not a group that allows any truck in. The majority of people I know have been turned away from joining IFTA.”

Find the entire article at indystar.com [here]

2017-03-20T08:40:56+00:00 By |Off the Wire|

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2 Comments

  1. Kevin Mar 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Food truck alliances are good because it is assumed that you're a reputable owner, and protects food trucks from getting exploited by businesses (outlandish fees, sets expectations for both businesses and food trucks, and helps them wield some authority when new city regulations are implemented.)

    Those that complain that they are not part of a food truck alliance either don't believe that they are better together with other food trucks, or have a "go-it-alone" attitude. Plus, they might have a shady reputation, don't have good cleanliness standards, or their food concept is subpar compared to other like food concepts.

    Those thinking they can make a quick buck in this business are plain wrong. It takes a lot of work, money to get through the lean times, and the right staff to make it come together. And even then, success is not a given. Good luck!

  2. Mobile Cuisine Mar 23, 2017 at 8:48 am

    While I agree with most of your post, there is another reason people don't join food truck associations. Trust or "fairness" by existing leadership. I can't tell you how many city associations have had collusion charges levied against them. The appearance of favoritism should never be part of an association, but I have seen it (real or not) in a lot of associations. This needs to change. Too many associations seem to have become more interested in finding work for their members than continually fighting to get bad laws changed.

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