WELLFLEET, MA – “This is a slap in the face,” Curt Felix told the planning board on Jan. 4 after listening to board members’ responses to his questions about the reasoning behind their proposed new rules for food trucks. Felix owns “Eat at the Fleet,” the food truck depot on Route 6 that he created last year at the site of the former Angry Tomato restaurant.
The planning board has drafted two versions of a bylaw regulating food trucks. Both, said Felix, “would effectively outlaw food trucks on my property.”
The first version would allow the trucks by special permit only in the commercial (C) district on Route 6 and central district, or downtown area, as well as on town property (at the beaches or the town pier, for example) and at special events. It includes several restrictions that Felix objected to: that “there shall be no tables, seating, umbrellas, or similar facilities,” and that “there shall be no more than one food truck per parcel of land.”
Eat at the Fleet hosted several food trucks last summer, including Joey Rugo’s taco truck, Stephen Rome’s Kung Fu Dumplings and Indian food trucks and the Shuck Food Truck, operated by Ben Trusiak and Julia Nadler. The commissary kitchen in the former restaurant there was designed to service five trucks. The depot featured both picnic tables and umbrellas.
In a further complication, Felix’s property is located in the C2 district on Route 6, in which food trucks would be entirely prohibited.