Brooklyn Park Wants to Become More “Food Truck Friendly”
Brooklyn Park city officials met with food truck vendors Tuesday morning to explore what they could do to make the city more welcoming to food trucks. The city is exploring using vacant lots or city property as a place for food trucks to sell their wares.
“We’re looking at opening up some city lots that we may own,” said Jason Newby, who is with Brooklyn Park’s code enforcement.
Newby says city parks or areas within city parks where food trucks could park would be an option.
“Having events on city hall. One of the ideas was a ‘Food Truck Tuesday,” said Newby.
Meanwhile, vendors say they can work in tandem with bricks-and-mortar restaurants. They also say food trucks add value to the city.
“They’re just fun,” said Tom Heinrich, who runs GI Joe’s food truck. “They’re fun partnered with our bricks-and-mortar restaurants. It just makes Brooklyn Park more food friendly. When you think of great places to eat hopefully you’ll think of Brooklyn Park.”
Brooklyn Park is one of the few suburbs that changed zoning codes to allow food trucks to operate in their city. Robbinsdale recently revised its food truck policy to allow for trucks in certain areas for special occasions.