A commercial kitchen on wheels may soon be pulling up closer to your home or business in Bel Air. Town Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of allowing food trucks after hearing from a handful of owners.
"We never ever intended or do we intend to just pull in front of a restaurant on Main St. That was never our intent," said Eriksson Hill, owner, WOLO Mobile Food Truck & Catering.
The proposal adjusted after talking to local restaurants. The trucks will primarily be allowed to set up shop around the intersection of Route 24 and Baltimore Pike, not on Main Street. It's still too close for one waiter at The Open Door Cafe, located in the Bel Air Towne Center.
"There's going to be people like looking at the food truck and looking at Open Door and being like maybe I'll do this because it will be cheaper and faster. And I'm not going to get that table. I'm not going to get those customers," said Nick Gray, waiter, The Open Door Café.
Gray says the competition is already steep with so many surrounding restaurants. But the truck vendors are mindful of their neighbors and believe their clientele is different.
Tom Arno operates Cruisin Cafe in Harford and Baltimore Counties, as well as Baltimore City.
"If you're in the mood to sit down at a restaurant with your date or your family, that's what you're going to do. You're not going to stop by a food truck. If you're in the mood to grab something quick and on the go at a food truck, then you're going to do that," said Arno.
After applying for a permit, the truck owners could be selling food in a few weeks. There's a designated area that includes public parks and the Harford Mall parking lot.
But if it's private property, the vendors will need permission.
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