AKRON, OH – Cleveland is embracing its food trucks with open arms (and hungry bellies), but it’s a different story in Akron, where a 30-year-old law prohibits vendors from selling items out of vehicles on public property.
That could soon change.
Akron’s city council and the Greater Akron Food Truck Coalition — a group of food truck operators led by Orange Truk owner Jeffrey Winer — are trying to work together to find a solution.
“We’re re hoping to make everyone happy,” said Jeff Fusco, chair of the council’s committee charged with re-evaluating the vendor law.
Fusco said the decision-making process is going slowly and methodically. Committee members are researching other cities to explore different approaches.
To help whet local appetites, the coalition has been organizing food truck events in nearby communities. The next event will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, outside Sushi On The Roll in Medina (985 Boardman Alley), with 10-15 trucks participating.
The Institute for Justice, an Arlington, Va.-based civil liberties law firm, has thrown its support behind the trucks by sending a letter to Akron City Council last month that encouraged it to eliminate the city’s restrictions on food trucks.
“We’re putting pressure on Akron,” Winer said.
Fusco said the decision will be made in a couple of months.
FInd the original article by Rose Vardell at cleveland.com <here>