IOWA CITY, IA – The Iowa City City Council may consider amendments to an ordinance that would allow increased food truck operations downtown.
The Iowa City Mobile Vending Association shared a pilot-program proposal with the council on Oct. 11. The proposal would allow between six and 10 food trucks to set up shop downtown as part of the pilot program. The council discussed the proposal at its Tuesday evening meeting.
Kyle Sieck, the owner of Local Burrito and a member of the vending association, has been a vocal advocate for food truck operators in Iowa City.
“I’ve been involved with the City Council and these ordinances, and I kind of have the position that you have to be a voice for other food trucks in town,” he said.
Sieck, who began the Local Burrito in 2009 at the Farmers’ Market, said the business has grown since then. Three years ago, he began operating a food truck. He said he mainly uses his food truck to cater for large events but sees the appeal of operating downtown.
“Obviously, I think it would be a profitable venture,” he said. “I think people would appreciate the food.”
Sieck said the current restrictions on food-truck operations were mainly a response to concerns about business competition expressed by existing restaurants.