SYLVA, NC – The food trucks William McKee is considering wouldn’t serve your everyday fare; Cashiers is, after all, an affluent community with expectations. Think sushi, sliders and hummus.
Nor does McKee want to undercut local restaurants. Area chefs would help prepare the culinary treats, working out of trucks parked on Frank Allen Road. McKee envisions a tidily landscaped, well-lit site with seating. There would be, at most, three food trucks.
“The only way we’ll do this is if there’s support,” the Cashiers-based developer said. “We are trying to partner with the restaurants, not take business from them. And, it needs to be first class, fun and in the spirit of Cashiers.”
Food trucks these days are not your daddy’s “roach coaches” peddling sandwiches, chips and cold drinks to hard-hat-wearing construction workers. Food trucks are trendy nationwide, and have spawned reality television shows, cookbooks and even a big-screen movie, “Chef,” about a man who abandons his gourmet restaurant to find creative fulfillment through serving meals on wheels.
The surge of interest isn’t just in Cashiers; it seems all of Jackson County is suddenly abuzz about food trucks.
County officials say they are fielding calls almost daily about the regulatory requirements involved. The most basic rule can be daunting: food trucks must be permitted in conjunction with regulated establishments, environmental health worker Jill Breedlove said. This provides a daily home base for cleaning, prepping and such.
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