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A battle brewing over eating downtown

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

There's a battle brewing over eating downtown. Food truck vendors want to roll into Lexington but not everyone is embracing the idea. "Local restaurants are afraid of the competition. They're afraid we're going to take business away from them which is not going to be the case," explains Free the Food Truck Movement lead organizer Jason Cullen.

"One of our goals is to build Lexington up, the more offerings that downtown has the more people are going to come downtown," explains Cullen

As of right now the food stands are not allowed downtown due to a city ordinance. The only reason why they are able to do business today and tomorrow is because they are on private property. Something Cullen and others hope will change after the city sees how beneficial their food stands are to the community.

"What we don't want is the traffic exiting the city," explains Cullen, "we don't want people leaving their businesses, getting in their cars, going down to Nicholasville Road or going down to Richmond Road to go get something to eat. We want the business to stay here downtown."

Organizers say they hope to get more than a thousand petition signatures from customers who support the Free The Food Truck Movement. They say once they get those signatures they are going to give them to a committee who will then present them to the city council.

"We're just trying to let the city council know that we want to be free and be able to contribute to the community. I think it is best if they just let us do our thing and let the people of Lexington decide."

We tried to get a comment from the companies opposing the food trucks but they declined to comment.

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