HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As city leaders look for new ways to revitalize downtown, they are now considering allowing food trucks to set up downtown.
The proposal would allow the mobile restaurants to operate from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. It would allow them to fill the bar-hopper’s need for late night snacking, while not jeopardizing the business of established local restaurants.
Owner of Food Fighters Bustaurant, Jason Lafferty, says as it stands food trucks don’t have a lot of options in Huntsville.
“You have to get a business permit at every location if you’re going to sell to the public,” explained Lafferty. “When I went to the city they had different regulations like you have to be 50 feet from the road, you have to have a restroom available within 200 feet, there has to be written permission, and you pay for a $75 license.”
Despite the hurdles, Lafferty has been able to operate the bustaurant from a few locations around Huntsville, like Straight to Ale, Blue Pants Brewery, and a Chevron off of University. But he has long desired to take advantage of the late-night downtown crowd.
Mayor Tommy Battle met with local young professionals to discuss the possibility of allowing trucks like Lafferty’s downtown. While it is still in the discussion phase, city leaders seem to be on board with the idea.
If the food truck experiment is successful, the city has considered creating a food truck park, where even more mobile restaurants can gather downtown.