HOUSTON, Tx. - Oh, how good it feels to be free. After years of bickering between food truck operators and the City of Houston, Mayor Annise Parker has finally agreed to let Houston's mobile meal-makers and portable pot-luck purveyors set up shop downtown.
"This is something that was handled through administrative action," the mayor said at a press conference downtown, "but there are other things I'd like to see happen to create a level playing field and create a competitive food truck market like what we have in other cities."
Until now, food trucks weren't allowed downtown or in the medical center because of concerns over the use of propane tanks on the vehicles. But with limits in place on the amount of propane each truck is allowed to carry and a requirement that they keep a three-foot barrier between customers and the vehicle's propane tanks, the city says Houston's curbside concessionaires are safe to set up shop in the city's most coveted culinary corners.
"It's really big," says food truck owner Joshua Martinez. "Will it be life-changing to some food trucks? Sure."
"People should see that this is a great opportunity to support a small guy and help them grow," says former food trucker Joe Phillips.
And now that downtown and the medcenter are open for business, what does that mean for the food-park all those food-truck enthusiasts worked to set up? Stay tuned...