Food truck owners want to hit Halifax streets
A group of entrepreneurs are lobbying city council to ease the regulations on food trucks in Halifax.
"Street food culture can make a vibrant city," said Natalie Chavarie.
She's behind Food Wolf, an upcoming Korean-Mexican food stand.
Food trucks are small, mobile, and cater to hundreds of hungry people, but can't operate between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the city.
Now food truck operators are asking council to relax the regulated hours to allow for breakfast trucks. They're also asking to share spots during the day.
Nick Horne is one the entrepreneurs lobbying council. His Nomad Gourmet will have a smoker and serve pulled pork sandwiches.
"The nature of the budding industry is for the trucks to move around and serve in several different spots during the day," he said.
Sherryl Campell, owner of Soups On the Move, is already set up, but she also wants the city to review its food truck regulations.
"It seems like Halifax stifles entrepreneurs. They don't want anything new, they don't want anything different, they don't want anything that doesn't conform. Food trucks aren't like that," she said.
Glenn Tait, owner of Bud the Spud, is happy with his location downtown, one of only six spots in the area.
Food truck owners have to bid on spots. Tait's spot and the neighbouring space has increased from $5,000 to $15,000 in the last few years.
He says he doesn't think more trucks would be any threat to the fry business.
"There's lots of business for everybody and if other trucks want to come and give it a shot, that's fine with me," said Tait.
Tait won't say how much he paid for his spot this year.
Food trucks are competing for dinner service with restaurants, but the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia has been monitoring the food truck industry in other cities. It says food trucks work as long as council keeps a level playing field for all food vendors.
Coun. Jennifer Watts will ask staff to look into the food truck issue next week.
"I think it's really kind of inspiring. (There's) a new direction in food trucks in terms of what they offer, and I think it also adds something to the street life," she said.
Chevarie and Horne hope to have their trucks on the road in the upcoming months.