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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Last summer, there were seven food trucks operating in the city of Huntsville. Today, there are more than triple that number.

Huntsville's food truck revolution started with a 2013 change in city ordinance that allowed the trucks to sell downtown, but it exploded with the introduction of the "2014 Street Food Season."

In April, the city held the first food truck rally. It was met by huge crowds, hungry for a new dining experience. Since then, organizers estimate more than 20,000 people have attended the rallies.

Food truck operator Chris Kelley calls the rallies, "a blessing." Kelley runs Badd Newz BBQ. He bought the truck in 2012 and says, "being able to go downtown at these events every 3rd Friday has really helped me sustain my business."

The season will end today with a rally from 6-9 p.m. in front of the Von Braun Center. Around 20 trucks are expected to participate in the event on Church Street. There will also be a free concert by Denim Jawbones and drinks for sale at the VBC Craft Beer Garden.

The rally is being held in conjunction with UAHuntsville's homecoming. The Chargers will open their hockey season Friday night at the VBC.

Plans are already in the works for the 2015 Street Food Season. Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson says an announcement will be made shortly after the new year.

 

5 comments

  • Nuclear Mike

    ..and our favorite brick & mortar café on the Square had to downgrade their menu offerings on “truck night” to compensate for their lost sales & customers…food trucks will be the demise of the Mom & Pop Downtown eateries…and there is no regulation on the use of the food trucks propane tanks to avoid the similar explosion that occurred at a food truck festival on the East Coast.

    • JA

      I wish I saw as much anger about large franchises, chains, and superstores shutting down multiple “mom and pop” stores with ease. Instead, people continue to shop at them.

      The truck drivers are “mom and pop” as well. Culture doesn’t advance by preventing change. Look at Blockbuster and Netflix. Should I be sad about Blockbuster going bankrupt? Food trucks are awesome.

  • Wes

    Why does there have to be a “season” for food trucks? In the northern states they operate year round in much colder conditions than here, it makes no sense??

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