Tonawanda News

The City

June 8, 2014

Food trucks do business in Tonawanda despite dissatisfaction with regulations

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Tonawanda News — After the resolution was passed, Stenger he would recommend that the association challenge the legislation in court. This week, though, he said that a suit will likely not be filed. 

“I don’t think the group has the financial wherewithal to do that,” he said. “I think we’ll live with the statute, see how it goes and if changes need to be made, we’ll bring those up next year ... the increase of the distance is definitely a bad precedent for us and we don’t want other municipalities to follow Tonawanda’s example.”

Only two trucks, Lloyd Taco Truck and Wine Not, have purchased permits for the 2014 season, the city clerk’s office said. Cimino said he hasn’t heard that any other operators are interested. 

“Food trucks can bring people to the city and foster revitalization,” he said. “If the city’s goal is to bring in more trucks, then they are going to need to change the legislation.” 

Lloyd Taco Truck has parked on Niagara Street twice and Cimino said he’s hoping to build on the business that was generated there. 

“It went well, nothing incredible and nothing worrisome. We’ve only been down there for a few weeks now, and we need to build up a location,” Cimino said. “People were excited about it, they were having fun, and they were happy that it finally got worked out and we could be in the park and near the park.” 

Tonawanda received two complaints during Lloyd’s first dinner on Niagara Street, city officials said. Residents had complained about the truck blocking the view of the river, but Police Chief William Strassburg said that the truck operators were abiding by the rules.

“They were really going above and beyond and were doing everything they said they would do,” Strassburg said, noting that the trash was picked up and the generator was quiet. “They couldn’t have been more cooperative.” 

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

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