lexington-kyLEXINGTON, KY – A committee of the Urban County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a pilot program to allow food trucks in limited downtown areas until the end of the year.

That was good news to Andrew Suthers.

Suthers is one of the owners of Gastro Gnomes, a food truck that opened Monday night. The purchase and outfitting of the truck cost more than $100,000. Permits and fees cost more than $1,000, he said.

“I will definitely take advantage of the program,” Suthers said after Tuesday’s 9-0 vote.

The full council has to vote on the extension. That is expected to happen in coming weeks.

After several months of debate, the Urban County Council in June approved a six-month pilot program allowing food trucks in six downtown zones. At the time, the council agreed to review the program at the end of the six-month trial period. The council voted in December to extend the program until March, allowing it to review the program in February and see whether there were any complaints.

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