SPOKANE, Wash. -- The City of Spokane held public hearings about how to make it easier for food trucks to run their business. The City said it wants to make it easier for the trucks to stay in one place all day, but the local vendors said that they just want more locations for their trucks.
“For us five years ago, it was so much easier than it is now,” said Claudia Escamilla of the Tacos el Sol truck. “There wasn’t so much inspection.”
They said they are running into challenges new vendors are facing because they want to open a second truck. It takes more time to get your truck approved and then a place is needed to leave it on a regular basis.
“In other cities, the food truck is booming. It’s far ahead of us and we need to figure out how do we get our city too. How other cities’ food trucks are,” said LeSean Grant of Phat Truck.
Food trucks have to pay several hundred dollars a month to take up spaces in private parking lots or feed meters all day. They take up two parking meters.
“We would like to see more trucks, even though it’s competition for us, it is nice to see more trucks,” Escamilla said.
Owners said the interest in Spokane is growing and there’s demand for more food trucks, but added they may need to work together to find a solution that brings them all more business.
“I would like to see all of us food trucks come together and kind of form a lot where we all kind of serve food out of one lot,” said Grant.
The City said the special permit for food vendors will likely go before the City Council later in the summer.