Columbia Allows Food Trucks to Park Downtown

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COLUMBIA - Food trucks owners around Columbia say they're excited an ordinance allowing them to park downtown has passed after it was originally introduced almost a year ago.

"I was very happy to see it pass, especially unanimously pass," Bryan Maness, owner of the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck said. "It was a great moment."

The ordinance allows trucks to park in three separate zones downtown from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. The zones are Cherry Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Locust Street between Ninth and Tenth Streets, and Walnut Street between Ninth and Tenth Streets.

Each zone has spaces allotted for the food trucks. The trucks will pay $10 for a bag to cover the meters for the day or $150 for the month.

"Those mobile vending zones in the downtown area are going to popular zones to help build the mobile food truck culture in Columbia, and that's what we're looking forward to doing," Maness said.

Columbia's Community Improvement District (CID), commonly referred to as "The District," originally proposed the ordinance despite having two restaurant owners on its board: Mike McClung of Quinton's and Deja Vu and Blake Danuser of Addison's. The CID suggested the zones based on input from business and restaurant owners downtown.

Maness said besides benefiting the current food trucks downtown, he thinks the ordinance will also help bring more trucks to the city.

"We have a very small number of food trucks in Columbia right now, but I think with the passage of this ordinance, I think we may see a few more join the ranks soon," Maness said.