The city of Raleigh has launched a new pilot program that allows food trucks to operate on the corner of some downtown streets.

Downtown Raleigh has hosted food trucks before, but only during special events or food truck rodeos. This six-month trial program allows trucks to operate at one of four designated zones: 100 E. Polk St., 300 S. Harrington St., 300 S. Bloodworth St. and S. State St. near the DMV headquarters. The locations were chosen because they have business with lots of employees near by, but have a lack of brick and mortar restaurants.

Rare Earth Farms food truck chef Justin Livesey was the first to take advantage of one the zones. The truck served customers on South Bloodworth Street Monday.

“We jumped on it as quick as we could,” Livesey said. “I’m very surprised there are not other trucks out here already.”

Although the program launched Aug. 1., the zones remained empty the first week while trucks worked to line up permits.

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