Food truck vendors win new downtown location

1 year 1 month 1 week ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:59:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
By: Alexandria Williams, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Food truck vendors say their new spot in downtown Columbia is good for them and hungry customers. But some people are worried about the impact on parking.

The Columbia City Council approved the spot in front of the Boone County Courthouse for food truck vendors last week.

Vickie McFarland, co-owner of The Big Cheeze food truck, said she believes the new location will give the trucks a higher profile in the community.

"A lot of people at the courthouse area or even by city hall, they don't know we're there so it's going to help us with business when we're downtown," she said.

The Downtown Community Improvement District played a large role in helping chose the best location for potential business.

Executive Director Bob Hohenstein said the council decision will add additional food and beverage options to the district.

"It's a totally different dining experience," he said. "It's one of those things the consumers and the citizens and visitors here in Columbia want to see."

But some people in Columbia said they're not so excited.

"It's more important for Columbia residents to have access to those spots than a food truck cause that's prime parking for people who are needing to visit the court house," Rebecca Shranck said. 

George Nickols, owner of Lilly's Cantina, said he, along with other vendors, proposed many more locations to the council, but are grateful to get the one.

"Does the public want more? Absolutely," he said. "Does other people not want us down there? Absolutely."

Nickols said the new location is like an added notch in the belt and will add some economic growth for vendors.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Missouri primary election (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Republican... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 8:06:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Today is Missouri's Primary Election - voters cast their ballots Tuesday to determine party candidates for governor, U.S.... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 7:00:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — A Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday of attempting to purchase with Bitcoin on the... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 5:42:02 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- A massive explosion ripped through central Beirut on Tuesday, killing dozens of people, injuring thousands and blowing out... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 5:41:18 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
SEDALIA — The latest numbers from Pettis County show confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased over 88 percent in the last... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 4:15:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLE COUNTY- One woman was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after a serious two-vehicle crash. According to a Missouri State... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 3:58:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as "a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA — It's primary day in Missouri, and voters are out in full at the polls. State auditor Nicole... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 2:18:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Election workers have worked hard to ensure voter safety during the pandemic. Boone County election judge coordinator... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 2:05:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday adjusted dates for preseason football activity. The first allowable practice is now... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 1:59:40 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary education issued new guidance for the upcoming school year on Monday.... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 12:33:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS - Yadier Molina announced on social media on Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. In an Instagram... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 12:12:58 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The last suspect in the killing of a transgender teen in Texas County is now on... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 11:27:28 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Health departments in at least 50 Missouri counties have not received any money from the... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 11:14:14 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
(Missourian) - One of Columbia’s two sales taxes for parks is scheduled to expire in 2022, so the conversation... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 10:44:13 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 6:09:00 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As school is set to resume in a few weeks, some parents are concerned with the safety of... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 4:45:00 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
10pm 63°
11pm 62°
12am 61°
1am 60°