ELGIN, IL – A recent food truck fest in Elgin drew nearly 6,000 people to the about 30 participating mobile restaurants, according to organizer estimates.
But, despite that successful event, the president of the Illinois Food Truck Association said cumbersome regulations stifle the food truck scene from growing to levels seen in other cities.
“The suburbs definitely have potential, as can be seen by the food trucks that choose to only operate there,” said Gabriel Wiesen, who operates Chicago-based Beavers Donuts, one of the vendors at the downtown Elgin food truck fest. “Chicago food trucks are already heading out to the suburbs for festivals and private events.”
For restaurants with permanent locations, though, regulations on food trucks aren’t necessarily a bad thing.
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