Wannabe millionaires have acted on an idea and after working hard at developing it, they were successful. Usually, they endured some setbacks en route to success. They persevered and became wealthy.
We don’t know of any food truck operator who is a millionaire — but there may be a few. The guess here is one would have to have a truck dealer’s lot full of them at good locations to be in the running to become wealthy.
Food trucks have had success. The idea is not completely new but many are popular now and have enjoyed degrees of success. They don’t appear to be a passing fad. This is a food truck amateur writing so if you think he doesn’t know much about the subject at hand, you are right. But a few observations can be expressed with the readers’ patience.
Thinking about food trucks was energized because of an applicant who approached the city council about getting permission to set up one in Washington’s growing riverfront entertainment/food/beverage district. That may be a stretch, calling it a great entertainment district or an emerging Gaslight Square District, which was popular in St. Louis for a period. But it’s a district that is growing in food and drink places, and, of course, more people are moving to the riverfront to live in new apartments and condos.
The Washington Planning and Zoning Commission wisely rejected the applicant’s request to put a food truck on city property. The applicant wanted to locate a food truck on Front Street in front of Otis Campbell’s, or on a city parking lot next to Otis Campbell’s. Commission members did OK a special use permit for the same applicant to operate a barbecue stand on the lot of Zephyr Express at Highway 100 and Bluff Road.
Food trucks should not be allowed to operate on public property! A suggestion was made that perhaps the food truck operator should seek a permit to operate on Front Street to the west, by the Missouri Meerschaum Pipe Co. That’s a bad idea. It shouldn’t even be considered.
The food truck applicant said the food truck only would operate from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. six days a week, after The Landing kitchen closes. It would be for the late night crowds. It was mentioned by commission members that Front Street is becoming more and more of a residential area because of the apartments and condos. Those residents must be considered.
The city plans to make a study of how other cities handle food trucks and how they are licensed. We assume whether they are allowed on public property will be part of the study.
Many cities have food trucks. Some are of the gourmet variety. The menu usually is limited. There is a variety of food offered. Some make regular stops at manufacturing plants, construction sites, even small businesses. Others cater to church festivals and other events held outside. Like any restaurant, if the food is good, business is good.
The entrepreneur spirit is alive and well in America and in this area. Food trucks are an example. Location, location, that’s what is important for them and the operator. But they don’t belong on public streets, sidewalks or on municipal parking lots. Most of them probably would be OK on private property.
Allowing a private business on public property generally is not a good idea even if rent is paid! Where do you draw the line in being fair to all?