MUNCIE, IN – A recently passed ordinance to prohibit food trucks is causing some confusion for what is allowed and where trucks can sell.
Ricardo Licona, a senior telecommunications major and owner of Puerta al Paraiso’s food truck, said he wished the terms of the ordinance were outlined better. He said it isn’t clear where exactly he is allowed to park at which times. He doesn’t think the ordinance is going to affect his truck much and said there should be situational exceptions.
“If a business was to say they want us to go to [them] for lunch and there’s a restaurant within a 150 feet, we’re going to have to turn them down because of the ordinance,” he said.
Licona is also in the process of opening his own restaurant in the Village Promenade by mid-March. His plan to become a restaurant owner made him sympathize with proponents of the ordinance.
“Everything in business is about the location, so obviously for food trucks they got to be a little bit more respectful about the boundaries that they can cross,” Licona said. “Some people pay a premium price for their location. Like in the Village or downtown, they’re paying higher rents to stay there.”
With his business in the planning stages, he said he is neither for nor against the ordinance.
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