SYRACUSE, NY – And then there was one: Lady Bug Lunch Box will be the only food truck with a city license to park regularly on a downtown street this season, according to local vendors.
Pam Dwyer, the woman inside the cheery red-and-yellow truck, already has started her 14th season in front of Firefighter’s Park on East Fayette and South State Street. She’s there every weekday. And she says she’s the sole truck operator who applied for a license last winter.
“Technically, as a food truck, I’m the only one,” she said Tuesday.
Other area food truck vendors say they aren’t going to park-and-cook on city streets this year.
Instead, they are headed to private lots in Syracuse, to the towns of Salina and Cicero, and even to Madison County, to sell wood-fired pizzas and hot sandwiches and chicken tacos out of their mobile kitchens.
The reason? Money and location, they say. The city’s licences to allow food trucks to park-and-sell on streets cost $1,500. That license ties a truck to one single spot, a tether that’s hard to stomach for a chef whose kitchen runs on wheels, vendors say. Worse yet, other motorists sometime nab the designated spaces.
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