ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry launched a program this summer called Truckin’ Tuesdays, in which local food truck owners can show up at Civic Plaza Downtown, park their mobile eateries, and sell food every Tuesday at lunchtime.

Eating at one of our local food trucks is affordable and a good way to get a real taste of Albuquerque while helping support small businesses,” Berry said in an email. “Bringing the trucks to Civic Plaza is a great way to connect city and downtown employees with these culinary entrepreneurs.

On an overcast Tuesday in mid-July, one culinary entrepreneur was set up; at that time, the area had the capacity for only two food trucks.

Once construction in the area is complete, there will be room for eight food trucks, according to Breanna Anderson, a spokeswoman for Berry.

Michele Haskins, co-owner of Hot Off The Press mobile food truck, which specializes in grilled sandwiches, had the plaza to herself.

She was serving up Cubano sandwiches, burnt tacos and other sandwiches to a line of five or six customers, some of whom lived in the neighborhood and walked over, others who worked in the area and were on lunch break.

“This is a great location,” said Haskins. “It’s well worth our while to come down.”

The 411

Do you own a food truck and want to set up for Truckin’ Tuesdays or First Friday Food Truck? Contact Leslie Munoz in the City of Albuquerque mayor’s office at 768-3000.

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