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Virginia-Highland Food Truck Wednesdays Unlikely to Return in 2012

Organizers cite permitting issues

on Wednesday evenings will not return in 2012.

According to a Facebook post Tuesday by Main Street Parking, the organizers of Food Truck Wednesdays, "permitting issues and other unforeseen circumstances" will keep food trucks from visiting the neighborhood this summer.

The weekly event across from in the parking lot on the corner of N. Highland Avenue and Briarcliff Place kicked off in June 2011 and ran through fall.

The food trucks were widely popular among residents, though some restaurant owners disliked the event and complained about loss of revenue on Wednesdays.

Stick with Patch for more updates about the permitting issues.

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Sandra G. March 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM
We LOVED food truck Wednesdays!! I am so disappointed in this decision, my family & friends went every single week! My favorite is the WOW food truck, the cupcake truck, and the Sweet Auburn BBQ truck. My husband loves the Taco Tex truck. My daughter liked the one with the pup sliders. We spent about $100. each time because we would stock pile food for the next day too! We go to Osteria at least once a week, the food trucks did not take our business away from them, we just didn't go on Wed. The Food trucks were a lot of fun for us, and we enjoyed the picnic atmosphere with our neighborhood. If Osteria is behind this decision, it will stop me from going there. One night of competition for them should not hurt their bottom line. If anything, the food trucks brought in new business to VaHi, and I'm sure Osteria gained new diners. PLEASE bring our food trucks back!!
Jonathan Peterson March 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I love the idea of food trucks - but they should be bringing good food to places where people work and play that DON'T have good food, either individually or for events. What they should NOT be doing is going to busy restaurant areas with very high rents and taking away revenue from fine dining that is there every day. Ask any of the restaurant owners in the area what their Wednesdays were like - at best I've heard ambivalence.
Stephen Vlkovic March 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I agree with Jonathan Peterson, these vendors should not be setting-up in a high-rent neighborhood where there are numerous established restaurants, after all, those brick and mortar businesses pay rent, taxes, provide employment locally, and are our community partners, they donate to our local schools, etc. Once you lose a day of revenue, or take a substantial hit in revenue, it is lost forever, usually not to be "made-up" in the future. A few Wednesdays in one month could really hurt a business - believe it or not. Find them a location near a local Park, or in the Parking Lot of "The Dump", the Dump is not even open Monday thru Friday.
Jonathan Peterson March 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM
The Dump parking lot is a pretty great idea. The worst thing about food truck wednesdays was there was a big crowd of people outside, with nothing to do. Get the Imperial OPA, jugglers, face painters, Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, etc and make it a regular block party in an area that normally doesn't have it. The parking lot over by the new beltline skatepark would be awesome - that area has residents, but very little in the way of bars, shops and restaurants. A regular food truck festival would be a great way to show off the area to neighbors in midtown and va-high.
Jaclyn Hirsch March 21, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Virginia-Highland Food Truck Organizer: It’s Not the City’s Fault: http://vahi.patch.com/articles/virginia-highland-food-truck-organizer-it-s-not-the-city-s-fault

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