Back in June, it looked like food trucks was a dead issue in Maplewood, but it came back to life last month and passed city council on Tuesday.
The council unanimously passed a 6-month trial period for food trucks, in spite of objections from the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and various restaurant owners at previous meetings.
City Manager Martin Corcoran said the ordinance will become law after a 15-day waiting period.
After the meeting, Adrian Glass, co-owner of The Post Bar and Grill, said restaurants in the delivery business, like Jimmy John’s and Imo’s Pizza, will suffer the most, but in the end food trucks will be a moot point.
He said the only place that food trucks will be able to viably operate will be Sunnen Business park. The trucks will be limited to Sunnen Park and Deer Creek Center.
“I don’t perceive food trucks being able to garner enough business out of Sunnen Business Park for them to remain in Maplewood all that long,” he said.
St. Louis area food truck owner Tom Broadwell said he hasn't seen the details of what the council will allow, "but any movement towards allowing food trucks is a move in the right direction. Now, lets keep on Food Truckin!"
After the six-month trial period, the city council will compare restaurants' sales for each month with the same month in the prior year, then make a decision whether or not to continue to allow food trucks.
Among others regulations, food trucks owners must follow these restrictions:
- Food trucks can operate only in light manufacturing zoning districts, which include Sunnen Business Park and the Deer Creek Center.
- They must have a business license from the city clerk, which is a minimum of $75.
- The trucks are prohibited on vacant, uninhabited or unimproved lots.
- They can't be within 1,000 feet of another food truck except for special events approved by the city.
- Trucks can't operate between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Only sales of food and beverages are permitted.
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