NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk City Council was briefed by the city's planning commission Tuesday evening about allowing food trucks to operate on public and private streets.
The planning commission recommended allowing food trucks in downtown Norfolk both on public and private areas. They would allow trucks to sell starting at 6 a.m. through 2 a.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. through 2 a.m. on weekends.
Food trucks, such as Hubcap Grill, are currently only allowed to sell food on private property.
"It's a kitchen on wheels," Hubcap Grill owner Evan Harrell said. "Our menu is a world street food-inspired menu."
Harrell and other food truck owners are asking city council to lessen restrictions, asking to set up in downtown Norfolk and other public areas that get heavy foot traffic.
"Not necessarily Granby Street, but somewhere down closer to bigger buildings," Harrell said. "Those guys can come out and get a quick meal from us and go right back to work."
Many restaurants in the area are hesitant about allowing the change because they think it may take away from their businesses.
"Any time you add more businesses to a very small area, it would probably have a little bit of an impact," owner of Granby Street Pizza Pete Freda said.
"Right now there are a lot of restaurants that are fragile ad that are on the verge of closing," owner of Baxter's Sports Lounge Baxter Simmons said. "They can't stand that extra competition."
Council members as well aren't sold on the idea.
"I think there is a healthy place we can meet," council member Andy Protogyrou said. "I have a very big problem with lunch hour."
"If we are going to put them in areas where frankly, there aren't the people, we are setting them up to fail," council member Dr. Theresa Whibley said.
Council members said Tuesday they want to meet with downtown business owners before the food truck changes are taken to a vote.
The trucks have the approval of the Downtown Business Association.
City leaders said the Ghent community was asked about food trucks, but its business association was not interested in having food trucks.
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