August 8, 2013

City polls food truck owners on ordinance

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Because the Small Axe Truck is over the city’s 20-foot size limit, it must serve its meals from a private parking lot on Congress Street.

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The city could allow trucks longer than 20 feet if they only park in non-metered parking, or they could do away with the 20-foot restriction altogether -- but in that case, trucks would be expected not to take up more than one metered parking spot.

Karl and Sarah Sutton, owners of the Bite into Maine lobster truck, weighed in on these and other food truck issues in a letter they sent to Rees earlier this week. Among their suggestions was the idea that food trucks be allowed to park on the streets starting at 6 p.m. when meters expire, as long as they remain the required distance away from brick-and-mortar restaurant kitchens.

"This could allow for food trucks to actually provide a dinner service in the city where foot traffic is a possibility," the Suttons wrote. "We miss out on great opportunities like First Friday Artwalk as a result."

They also urged the city to investigate additional city property that could be leased to a number of food trucks to create and promote a "food truck area of the city."

"We really urge the city to focus on finding a designated area of Portland where food trucks can operate daily and consistently, and could be managed by the city in some faction," they wrote. "It could be a spot that food trucks, the city and other restaurants could be happy about."

 

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at mgoad@pressherald.com

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