FISHERS, IN – Food trucks have become a regular part of the Indianapolis daily menu.
But you won’t see any on the streets of Fishers and that’s because many food truck operators say a daily permit just costs too much, with a fee in the $300 range.
“We get a quite a few requests to come up here and, unfortunately, it’s a situation where it doesn’t economically make sense for us to come in now,” said Matt Kornmeyer with the Indy Food Truck Alliance, which represents 15 food trucks.
An ordinance before the Fishers Town Council, though, could make food trucks a regular presence in Fishers.
“We have a strong fan base here,” said Kornmeyer of the people who live and work in Fishers who follow his group’s food trucks.
That fan base will just have to wait a bit longer before finding out if food trucks will be part of the Fishers menu.
Monday night, the Fishers Town Council put off a vote that dealt with bringing food trucks into town. The proposal has already dished up concern for some restaurants like La Fuente Mexican Grill and Cantina.
“I need more customers and maybe customers stop by and in the truck and don’t come in for a bite here and eat here in the restaurant,” said restaurant manager Gustavo Contreras.
Under the proposal, food trucks would pay a $200 yearly fee and could set up shop in public parking areas and sell their food.
For the same privileges at concerts or sporting events, food truck owners would have to agree to pay a certain percentage of their profits back to the town.
“This is crazy. These guys pay $200 and I can pay here, a lot, a lot of money,” added Contreras of all the extra fees a restaurant must pay that a food truck doesn’t.
“I think it would hurt business and I think it would make businesses think twice about putting in a restaurant,” said Fishers Town Councilman Scott Faultless.
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