Food Trucks on the rise in Utah County

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After traveling around the Unites States and seeing other cities with food trucks, Scott Manning decided that Utah County was lacking in this cultural and tasty business. Manning wanted to know if there was a demand for them in area … Continue reading

After traveling around the Unites States and seeing other cities with food trucks, Scott Manning decided that Utah County was lacking in this cultural and tasty business.

Manning wanted to know if there was a demand for them in area so he created a Facebook group called “Bring Food Trucks to Provo.”  Through his efforts, he discovered many people who would love to see more food trucks in the area and even people interested in starting one of their own.  He got in contact with the Mayor Curtis, Downtown Provo Inc., and several local business to find out why this trend hasn’t quite caught on.

Even though these wheeled businesses are a scarce sight in Utah County, there is one brave driver who is blazing a trail.

Adam Terry traded in his tie for a chef hat last year to follow his dream of put his cooking skills to work. He now owns  one of the first food trucks to frequent the Utah Valley. Waffle Love travels from city to city serving up Liege Waffles that Terry describes as “the best waffles this side of Belgium.”

Being the new kid on the block isn’t always easy. There has been confusion about what was legal and what wasn’t. One issue dealt with the parking of the truck. There were several times where Terry was told to remove his truck from public property but no one was able to cite a source restricting food trucks or carts.

“Every city has their own  structures in terms businesses licenses and sometimes they don’t allow food vendors in their cities,” Terry says. “We’re blazing a trail. We’ve already been the cause of change for some city ordinances.”

Terry says that the community and government leaders has been really great to work with. He says it has been neat to be a part of the changes taking place.

“We look at the example of Adam from Waffle Love and he has had to push that agenda and show that there is really aren’t any rules or regulations against that,” Manning says. Manning says this paves the way for future buses.

Downtown Provo, Inc. started to get involved with the conversation because some restaurants who contribute greatly to the local economy  showed show concern regarding the concept. Executive Director Jared Morgan reviewed county regulations and discovered that, as of now, there are no regulations.

They do, however, have to meet certain requirements.

While he is not against food trucks/carts, Morgan says that starting a truck would be costly, primarily because all the food has to be prepared in a county inspected kitchen. 

Some restaurants feel differently than others but Morgan says all of them agree that eventually they will need to propose a designated space downtown for the food trucks.

“We opted to let the issue grow organically until we are needed to pose a firm position.” Morgan says.

Until further notice, food trucks like these are able to run business.

Grace Thomas

Grace Thomas is a reporter for Eleven News majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Her dream job is to help create and produce multimedia content for the LDS Church. Grace loves running, traveling and being the favorite aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
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