Tonawanda News

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July 28, 2013

A rolling debate


Tonawanda News — Melissa Foster, the founder of KVIS, said they use the trucks at events where it would be difficult to serve take-out food from a restaurant, but noted that she also attempts to keep the trucks away from brick and mortar establishments. 

“We use them very consciously,” Foster said, noting that she doesn’t think a resolution is necessary since they don’t cause problems in the village. “They send a message that it is the hip place ... come and discover Kenmore, it is the place to be, and indeed, it is. Food trucks only draw you in more.” 

NT Mayor Rob Ortt said he has received calls from food truck companies asking about any relevant regulations, and hasn’t received any complaints from brick and mortar restaurants — but said they are likely “not thrilled” by the trucks. 

“I definitely think it is something we are going to have look at,” he said.

Council President Rich Andres said immediate action isn’t necessary, as there hasn’t been a problem yet. In the City of Tonawanda, the issue came up after a restaurant owner was angered by food trucks setting up shop on Niagara Street. 

In NT, trucks do report to the Wurlitzer Building for lunch, but the property is private and is therefore not subject to any regulation. 

And over in the Town of Tonawanda, Supervisor Anthony Caruana said food trucks are not allowed on public property in the town — so he hasn’t received any complaints from either the trucks or the restaurants. 

“There hasn’t been a lot of interest,” he said. 

Contact reporterJessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

INSIDE • The News editorial board calls for permissive ordinances on food truck operation in the City of Tonawanda. OPINION/XA

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