While food trucks have become a popular way of eating across the country, they aren’t welcome in one Connecticut town.
On Monday night, the Enfield Town Council heard from local businesses about the possibility of allowing food trucks in town.
“When we first opened we were in support of all of the food trucks,” said brewery owners Mike McManus. “We had multiple food trucks in support of our establishment and it was just a great thing for our customers.”
He had to stop soliciting the food trucks after he found out that the town doesn’t allow them.
“People are driving 50 miles to go and check it out so why not bring it to a town that doesn't have it,” McManus said.
While the town manager said there is no ban, the town council is considering legislation that would outline where they could park and sell food.
“I think it was something that was never thought about in the past. Now they're starting to become a bit more popular within the state of Connecticut,” said Enfield Town Manager Matthew Coppler.
At Monday’s meeting, some people said they were not interested in seeing additional competition.
Some argued food trucks won’t pay the same taxes as brick-and-mortar restaurants, which would allow them to have an unfair advantage.
Other Enfield businesses said they would welcome more food options in Enfield.
“I really look forward to getting them back to our town,” McManus said.
The legislation will be discussed during the town council’s next meeting on Sept. 8.
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