TACOMA, WA – Tacoma is in the process of rolling out new regulations for curbside food trucks, an effort to appease brick-and-mortar restaurants and property owners while allowing the burgeoning industry to grow.
The city has come up with five proposed food truck hot spots, located downtown and in the Tacoma Dome district, for those hoping to operate their trucks in the right of way in places with decent foot traffic for lunch and dinner crowds. Those locations have been OK’d by property owners, area restaurants, food truck operators and, importantly, the city’s parking task force, said Kala Dralle, an economic development specialist with the city of Tacoma.
They are: Tacoma Avenue South near the main library branch, South 11th Street near A Street, Broadway in front of the Pierce Transit park, East 25th near East D Street and Puyallup Ave near the Greyhound station.
While those five spots represent places where the city was able to get some consensus, “We’re not done with the process of finding more,” Dralle said. “We really want to find more.” There are also some food trucks operating curbside using special event permits, she said, including in front of Keys on Main piano club downtown.
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