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Alexandria Says 'OK' to Food Trucks in 16-Month Trial Run

The food truck program will kick off July 1 in Alexandria.

The food truck program will kick off July 1 in Alexandria. Patch archive photo
The food truck program will kick off July 1 in Alexandria. Patch archive photo
The Alexandria City Council voted Saturday 4-2 to OK a trial run for food trucks in Alexandria, according to a report by WJLA.

The trial run comes with some strings: Food trucks will only be allowed in parks, parking lots and schools during special events, according to the report.

Some residents, city officials and restaurant owners are concerned that bringing food trucks to Old Town will create more traffic and take up valuable parking spaces.

Under the new trial guidelines, interested vendors will have to pay about $600 a year to register. 

Food trucks have been used during First Night Alexandria. 

The food truck program will kick off July 1 in Alexandria.

Do you like the idea of allowing food trucks to operate in Alexandria?


John Strother May 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM
roach coaches, great way to keep construction people on the job sites.
Pete May 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM
And just in time to be on the waning end of the chuck wagon fad!
The Bratwurst King May 22, 2014 at 08:25 AM
how little you know about food trucks. many of them offer gourmet food, prepared by trained chefs operating these rolling restaurants. cudos to Alexandria for allowing their residents and visitors to sample a greater variety of culinary choices
Pete May 22, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Not sure to whom that was directed, but having worked for 10 years on K Street directly across from Franklin Square, which during the week is Food Truck Central, I have more than a passing acquaintance with their offerings. Some are good, some not so good, many interminably slow. My point is that the city is late to the game, and just as certain as anything, the newness of/desire to eat from a truck will wane. Kudos to you and your truck--I wish you good business.
The Bratwurst King May 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM
no offense was intended to you Pete. it were the roach coach and chuck wagon comments that prompted my remark. and I very much agree with your comment regarding the different quality of food trucks. a few are great, many are good yet some seem to simply be too hazardous to anyone's health. this is probably also true for any brick and mortar establishment. over the last few years, the number of trucks has literally exploded, as many have jumped on this band wagon without enough research or knowledge and simply just to make a quick buck. I would think though that the good quality trucks will be here to stay, as they do provide an alternative to your regular catering service and are often quite unique in their offerings, which can be a great fit for many private or public events. and thank you for your well wishes, all the best to you as well

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