DAVENPORT, IA – The city of Davenport is developing a “movable food program” that would allow mobile vendors to set up and serve customers on public property downtown.

City officials have heard “significant interest” from potential vendors who want to work downtown, but current ordinances prohibit food trucks, trailers and pushcarts from operating on public property.

The city wants to change that.

“I think it’s obvious that (a food truck culture) wants to be here and there are plenty of people that are ready to make that happen,” Kyle Carter, director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership with the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, said. “The way it is now, a scene can’t happen.”

After hearing from more than 10 active mobile businesses over the last month, Mallory Merritt, Davenport’s budget management analyst, said it was time to put a plan together.

“We see them everywhere, so you can definitely tell it’s a new thing,” she said. “It’s happening all sorts of places, from Des Moines to California.”

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