Food truck pilot project to launch in downtown Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Food trucks now have the green light in Lexington. In a surprise move, the Urban County Council fast tracked a food truck proposal and agreed to a pilot program.

No matter if you're opposed or not, food trucks can be posted up downtown starting Monday.

"It is going to happen!" said Shevawn Akers, a council member. "It's a great day for Lexington. I'm just thrilled!"

"I fear that it's going to be a bad thing for the community," said Jake Gibbs, the owner of Alfalfa Restaurant.

It's been in the works for a while now, and it's something several restaurant owners have been opposed to from the beginning.

"It may cause restaurants, not necessarily this one and hopefully not this one, but it may cause restaurants to go down the tubes and it may end up with empty store fronts downtown," said Gibbs.

But some of their concerns aren't what you think. The owner of Alfalfa Restaurant downtown, for instance, says he's concerned about parking downtown, even just as a citizen.

"They're allocating parking spaces which belong to all the public, my customers, the other restaurants' customers, and everybody's customers," said Gibbs.

But council members, like Shevawn Akers, say they've heard every opposition in the book and decided unanimously that the trucks will bring more people downtown, better benefiting everyone.

"Food trucks just add to that kind of vibrancy and excitement of what's happening downtown," said Akers.

This is a six-month pilot project, and council members say they will regroup then to decide whether it worked well for downtown Lexington.

Food trucks are allowed to park in designated, metered parking spots downtown during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in two-hour intervals. After 5 p.m., they can park in any metered spots.

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