Highland Park Considering Food Trucks

A large number of inquiries from food truck vendors has city taking a closer look at the issue.

The City of Highland Park is considering allowing the operation of food trucks having received more than 25 permit requests in 2012, reports TribLocal.

By comparison, the Village of Deerfield reports getting only two inquiries last year, so it's not a big issue yet.

Blame the Food Network and shows like "The Great Food Truck Race" for getting people excited over food trucks, which are becoming more popular and more gourmet.

On Thursday, the Chicago City Council issued its first "on-board" cooking license to Dan Salls, owner of The Salsa Truck, reported the Chicago Tribune. The food truck is anticipated to begin serving at 600 W. Chicago Ave. on Tuesday.

The Salsa Truck already has its Website up and running, where customers can "track the truck."

Tell Us: Should food trucks be permitted? What are some good locations and what type of food trucks would you patronize?

Stu Pidasso February 01, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Keep the food trucks out of town! They would operate well in an industrial area out west ( Buffalo Grove area) where there is a higher concemtration of people who are on a tight lunch schedule. The HP business district would not benefit from this whatsoever.
Richard H Heineman Jr February 01, 2013 at 06:44 PM
It is unlikely that food trucks would be just hanging out in the central business district. More likely they would want to come here during special events. This is when we have a large number of people to justify coming.
Stuart Senescu February 01, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I can't see HP residents climbing out of their 747 SUVs to grab something in a bag and then eating it while hanging out on the corner or sitting on a stoop (if there are any in the CBD) while gourmet mustard hangs precipitously over their Machivelli leather boots. Once all the now empty former restaurants are filled, then the City should consider it. I would be really upset if i operated a brick & mortar eatery and then saw a food truck on the street.
AK February 02, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Really? Aren't the most local restaurants selling burgers-tacos-pizza anyway? How about we have city limiting what kind of food should be sold in general to protect the existing burger-pizza-taco joints? Beet salad joints too? No way, city should allow as much as possible. If HP food businesses want to kill each other selling burgers to the same crowd it is not our fault.
Ravana February 04, 2013 at 06:49 PM
If they are reasonably priced it would be great. I'd like to be able to eat a quick, but not fast food lunch, in that town for less the $10 a pop.


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