Finally. Finally finally finally. The City of Knoxville has announced it will be releasing the details of the pilot program for food trucks next week. This has been after what, a year now? Here's the scoop, from a press release the city sent out today:
MEDIA ADVISORYWhat: Public meeting on mobile food vendor pilot programWhen: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12Where: The Southern Depot, 318 W. Depot Ave.Who: City officials will present details of the pilot program for food trucks/mobile food units, which is scheduled to begin later this spring. The program will include regulations for mobile food vending on both public and private property.The meeting is open to the general public. Anyone needing a disability accommodation in order to attend the meeting can contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at 215-2034 or email@example.com.
In case you were wondering whether the city's finalized the wording of that pilot program (which City Council already approved, remember), the answer is no. City spokesperson Eric Vreeland said a copy of the regulations won't be available until Monday,
although we hear a draft went out to interested parties last Friday.
If you're curious as to what the regulations might look like, we have a draft of that draft, from January, which includes a list of streets -- and blocks on those streets -- where trucks will likely be allowed to park. The bad news for would-be food-truck diners (and good news for restaurants) is that, unless things have changed, trucks won't ever be serving you dinner downtown (at least in a public right-of-way) -- all permitted times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and/or 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Again, this is just a draft that has been since updated, so some of these specifications and technicalities will probably not be the same next week.
And if we get a copy of what was sent out last week, we'll post that too.
Update: We mistakenly posted that a draft went out last week. It didn't. A draft was *supposed* to go out last week, but different departments in the city are taking more time to review it. We'll update you with the real thing next week, promise.