ATLANTA –The City of Atlanta has launched the first ever Public Property Food Truck Program that allows food trucks to vend from designated city streets.
To ensure a successful city wide roll-out later this year, a pilot program will allow vendors to be located in the Government Walk area immediately surrounding City Hall throughout the summer, beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 21. Trucks will be located on Trinity Avenue, Mitchell Street, Central Avenue, Pryor Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
“This is a win-win for foodies who love food trucks and for these entrepreneurs who chose Atlanta as a place to do business,” said Atlanta City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean, who along with Councilmember Kwanza Hall were instrumental in spearheading legislation to allow for expanding opportunities for food truck vendors on the public right-of-way.
As part of the program, vendors must park in metered parking spots and are only allowed to vend from the side of the truck facing the sidewalk.
Fifteen food trucks will be in the Government Walk area on Monday, cooking up a variety of dishes from pizzas and tacos to culinary favorites from around the world.
“We have a smorgasbord of foods for the offering for the people who live, work and play in the heart of the city,” Adrean said. “Food trucks have become a convenience for many Atlantans, and they have been incubators for new food concepts and entrepreneurship. Many of these businesses often grow into multiple locations and eventually become so popular, they ultimately establish brick and mortar locations, and create even more jobs.”
Council member Hall said “the food truck concept has grown tremendously in Atlanta over the years, thanks to popular apps that are used by operators and patrons to pinpoint a particular truck’s location.”
Hall and Adrean have well-patronized private food truck locations in their Council Districts that attract customers from across metro area.
“Food trucks have been popular on private properties for several years and the demand for public property vending by food truck customers was apparent,” Hall said. “This is a city-sponsored program, and we are excited to offer this amenity to downtown employees, citizens and visitors. To support the program, we encourage not only city employees and nearby governmental employees to enjoy the variety of food trucks, but we welcome our neighboring private sector employees and the general public to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity to get outside and enjoy the spring weather and a delicious lunch or snack.”