AUSTIN, TX – The number of food trucks and trailers in Austin continues to expand rapidly. Now a new organization has popped up aiming to organize the hundreds of mobile food vendors in the city to confront issues ranging from permitting issues to what to do with used grease.
The Food Trailer Alliance is largely organized by Tony Yamanaka, a marketing guy at Austin’s Better Business Bureau. We called him up to find out more about his organization.
KUT News: Before the Food Trailer Alliance, you started the website Food Trailers Austin. What stoked your interest in starting up that website?
Tony Yamanaka: I was in Portland and saw a large food trailer community, and thought that Austin needed something similar to help people know about their business and help it grow. It started as a website for fun, and now it is more than a database.
KUT News: Now you have your non-profit, the Food Trailer Alliance. Can anyone join?
Yamanaka: Eligibility is based on, if you are a trailer owner or operator in the region, and if you have a valid Mobile Vendor License.
KUT News: What are some of the challenges food trucks face?
Yamanaka: Food trailer owners were having similar issues, not food related, but rather business related,