Food truck operators who hope to sell their creations in downtown Raleigh will soon know their fate. The City Council is set to vote today on a set of restrictions that will let them operate in the capital city. The public rift between food truck operators and bricks and mortar restaurant owners has been going on for more than a year. Some restaurant owners see food trucks as unfair competition. They say they pay high rents and property taxes, and fear that food trucks will set up outside their doors and siphon off customers. Mike Stenke owns the Klausie's Pizza truck. He says both types of restaurants can benefit.
Mike Stenke: "I think it's going to be a fantastic day for the city. And it's going to allow dreamers like me to be able to see their dreams become a reality or at least give them the opportunity to do so. That's what a food truck is all about."
The regulations being considered by the Raleigh City Council today would require food trucks to set up at least 100 feet from a restaurant, and would not allow amplified sound or prominent signs.