SPRINGFIELD, IL – Convenience and quality are two of the advantages Springfield resident Brian Phillips sees in getting lunch from a food truck.
Despite a recently reignited dispute between brick-and-mortar restaurants and food trucks in downtown Springfield, Phillips thinks the two are quite different.
“They provide a different service,” he said while eating a pulled-pork sandwich from the Hy-Vee food truck outside the Sangamon County Complex. ”(Restaurants are) providing a place for you to sit down and dine, an ambiance. It’s a completely different thing, apples and oranges.”
The city of Springfield has compiled an updated list of pre-approved parking spaces downtown that meet city code for food trucks to set up, eliminating six spaces that were previously on the list.
The revisions were made after Mayor Jim Langfelder instructed two mobile food vendors to relocate from pre-approved spots outside the BOS Center (formerly the Prairie Capital Convention Center) two weeks ago. Langfelder said he had heard concerns from nearby restaurants about the trucks locating on Adams Street.
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