Food trucks have become the hot new craze all over the country, and now, thanks to the free permits, food trucks are coming to Pflugerville!
Plugerville’s city council voted to ease restrictions for food trucks so they could set up shop outside of businesses to increase their sales. Before, food trucks were only granted a permit for single day use, which made it difficult for food truck operators to have a lucrative business.
“We’re seeing them pop up more at bars and coffee shops, so we’re looking to see how the community wants to see them,” says city planner Emily Barron.
Having looser restrictions on food trucks is not only great for the operators, but for the foodies of Pflugerville. Many small business owners were present at the city council meeting to support fewer restrictions, including Shelton Lamey, president of the Black Business Builders.
“A lot of people are starting their own businesses in food trucks, then later on if they’re successful, they can actually transition to a brick-and-mortar,” he said.
Chefs wanting to test the waters with their food concepts can start in a truck, which has much less overhead, before making the financial commitment of a stand alone restaurant.
“I really think it was something they hadn’t really thought of yet or it was in the works, so we are definitely really excited about this new program they are coming out with and we’re glad we get to be part of the pilot program as well,” says Sean Lutz, owner of the Kona Ice trucks in Austin.
Anyone interested in participating in the Pfood Truck Pilot Program is asked to go the the Development Services Center offices August 20th from noon to 3pm to obtain their free permit valid until the end of the year. The trucks will also receive a health inspection.
John Brotherton, owner of Black Iron Barbeque says, “We need good restaurants here. We need good food. So what better way than to allow people to come in temporarily and test the market?”