Food trucks meet with city officials to reform regulations

If you've been to the farmer's market here you've seen them and maybe even eaten their food. Many offer fresh "farm-to-table" grub right out of a truck. They don't have a place to set up and that's why owners are cooking up ways to get fair regulations.

Tom O'Connor loves to grab a bite to eat from food vendors on the side of the road. Tom O'Connor says, "I love to support people who have individual businesses and are struggling to make a living. I want to help them."

He stopped with his grandson, who enjoys it for a different reason.
Simon Pirok says, "It's sitting down and being able to enjoy it instead of having people come up all the time asking are you done or are you okay."

Right now food trucks can only operate on private property. A 1962 ordinance prohibits the sale of food on city streets. Vendors like Hoof Knoxville, which serves grass fed beef and fresh veggies from their farm, want to change the law. Hoof Knoxville Food Truck Owner Dustin Busby says, "I think on Gay Street would be great and offer community there different buildings. It would offer a quicker lunch option."

Bosby tells Local 8 they're not out to steal business from established restaurants, they just want to offer a faster, cheaper option. That's why the city is meeting to discuss a change in the current law.
Downtown Coordinator for City of Knoxville Rick Emmett says, "We need to pass an ordinance establishing a pilot program or a permit program if we choose to go down that road."

It's something Tom and his grandson hope changes soon. O'Connor says, "It just reminds me of home. It's comfort food."

Wednesday's meeting is just a discussion. A decision will be made at a later date.


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