Yet another city council proposes banning food trucks because some of the local restaurant owners aren’t able to handle the competition. The key to winning these arguments is competition is good. Competition will improve the existing restaurants and provide the community with multiple food options. If a restaurant is banking on a Friday rush and lose out to a food truck, there is something wrong with their menu or service. Maybe instead of crying to the city, they should look at themselves and determine how they can get those customers back.
FUQUAY-VARINA, NC — As food trucks grow in popularity in the Triangle, some towns are considering creating restrictions for them.
Fuquay-Varina has recently proposed to ban food trucks in commercial areas after some local businesses complained that they’re hurting business. However, the town may now be easing up on that proposal after food truck advocates spoke out against it.
Tony Hudson, the owner of the Flattz food truck, spends most of his time setup in Fuquay-Varina and was one of the individuals who spoke out against the proposed ban at a recent public hearing.
“If they were to ban food trucks in Fuquay, it would have a major impact on my business,” said Hudson. “Food trucks bring a variety of types of menus to local clientele. There are places we go, such as office parks and business parks, where there isn’t a restaurant nearby so we’re helping serve the community.”
The proposed ban came just six months after the town approved food trucks in Fuquay-Varina. The town drafted the proposal after some brick and mortar restaurants expressed some concerns.
“The concern is that if I’m a business owner, I’m counting on a rush of customers on Friday night. If there’s a food truck nearby, maybe they’re taking some of my business,” said Ed Ridpath, the Chairman of the Fuquay-Varina Planning Board.