Food trucks continue to stir up debate in Tuscaloosa

Food trucks continue to stir up debate in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - City leaders are still mulling over whether or not to allow food trucks in downtown.

Dustin Spruill was prepping food Tuesday for his "Local Roots" food truck. Spruill and his team go around the area daily selling hearty meals. He's hoping to do that more in downtown.

"We're just trying to be a part of what we consider a growing revitalization of downtown Tuscaloosa," Spruill said.

Right now food trucks aren't allowed in downtown Tuscaloosa. City leaders are currently discussing an ordinance that would allow the mobile restaurants to operate on private property within 100 feet of businesses. Some restaurant owners don't want that to happen, saying the trucks will take away their profits especially on game days.

"The idea that we should be banned from downtown is irrational," Spruill said.

Chris Coleman co-owns The WheelHouse pub just off Temerson Square. He's on the fence about food trucks. Coleman has a lot of questions for the city but says if the trucks operate within the law then he wouldn't mind seeing them be a part of downtown.

"If it's somebody that's going to be out here every week, if they are going to be here consistently and they help bring something to the downtown area then yeah I'm absolutely in favor of them. I'm in favor of anything that brings business in this area," Coleman said.

Spruill is hoping the city gives him a chance.

"We have a ton of support through social media and we even had a petition going with two to three hundred people in support of it.We feel that the residents of Tuscaloosa really want this to happen," Spruill added.

We're told the city could make a decision in the coming weeks. In the meantime, across the river in Northport, city leaders created a space in their downtown for food trucks which is ushering in a once a month event called "Trucks by the Tracks". The first food truck event is May 26th from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Main Avenue.
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