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City Council considers expanding food truck hours in Alexandria

City Council considers expanding food truck hours in Alexandria

City Council considers expanding food truck hours in Alexandria
Brandon Byrd, owner of Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats in Old Town (staff photo by James Cullum)

It’s about to get easier to find a taco truck in the middle of the night in Alexandria.

The City Council will consider a staff recommendation next week to extend food truck sales hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. and continuous sales time from four to six hours.

The issue was first presented by Mayor Justin Wilson at an April 2 city council meeting. It was supported by statements from City Council members John Taylor Chapman, Sarah Bagley, Canek Aguirre and Kirk McPike.

“The city has passed a fairly comprehensive and highly regulatory ordinance to address the operation of food troughs in the city,” Wilson said April 2. “For my part, I would be willing to push this date a little later.”

Alexandria approved a very restrictive food truck ordinance in 2014. There are only five food trucks that are licensed vendors in the city, and food trucks are only allowed in three public areas:

  • The 800 block of N. West Street, north of Madison Street, near the Braddock Road subway (space for 2 food trucks)
  • The 1700 block of King Street adjacent to King Street Gardens (space for 3 food trucks)
  • The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, near Mill Road (space for 3 food trucks)

Deputy Mayor Amy Jackson said the 2014 ordinance was approved with the concerns of the restaurant community in mind.

“When this ordinance was passed, I think one of the concerns was from our business community, from the restaurants themselves, from the brick-and-mortar businesses that had to deal with other more flexible businesses like food trucks,” he said. she declared. “And the trucks are taking business away from those who actually have bricks and mortar, who have to pay the monthly mortgage or the rent on these restaurants.”

Food trucks can currently operate on private property in Alexandria, but are still subject to the 8 p.m. curfew.

“Free the food trucks,” said city council member Canek Aguirre. “I have always thought that OUR prescription was A little little Also restrictive. future Since THERE (Los Angeles), a few of THE best food I have Never eat has has been out of A food truck.”

According to a city staff report:

Current regulations authorize sales every day between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Staff are proposing to allow sales daily between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Since food truck vendors often include noise from diners and cooking smells similar to those of outdoor dining, staff recommends times that would be equivalent to the city’s standard closing times for outdoor dining .

The matter will come before Council for introduction on Tuesday, May 14 and will be considered in a vote on Saturday, May 18.