NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The orders kept coming in downtown Norfolk. Monday was the first day for the Food Truck vendors to set up during the lunch rush, but the big question is whether there will be enough "curb appeal" to keep these businesses busy.
For vendors like Evan Harrell with the Panavoir food truck, Monday was a long time coming. Earlier this month, he and a handful of other vendors won a lottery to sell their wares downtown, but it may be the City of Norfolk that's the big winner here.
"And the idea with the food trucks is to bring more people into downtown Norfolk, and hopefully they'll just get on the Tide and ride right down, you know, it's MacArthur square" said Harrell. "The people who work down are gonna get more options of quick delicious food to eat"
So far, the meals on wheels have received positive reviews with the downtown lunch crowd. Customer Dave McDonald enjoyed a chicken taco from Panavoir.
"I think it's great, I think it's wonderful that we have the choices now downtown, somewhere that's fast, somewhere that's easy, and somewhere like the other cities I've been to," McDonald told WAVY.com.
And the price is right.
"It's kind of cool to come down here and grab a three dollar taco on the run," said Customer Wendie Captuo. "And I'm looking forward to trying these places out."
A few blocks down Granby Street, Dee's Hot Dogs set up shop outside Tidewater Community College. Owner Darnetta Saunders said the food trucks and carts are not only satisfying appetites, but also filling a need.
"This is convenient, it gives people another opportunity to rush and get something and go back to whatever it is they were doing," she said. "I think it's a really good thing".
The anticipated Twister Sisters Cupcake truck wasn't on the streets downtown Monday, but WAVY.com was told it will be out and about next Monday.
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