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Food Truck Market Outgrows Current Policy in Stillwater

Quinton Chandler

Food trucks have been growing in popularity across America, and recently they’ve come to Stillwater.  But the truck owners have been forced to wait for the college town to catch up and adapt to the food truck market. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler has the story.

Sometimes local governments get to set regulations in anticipation of new businesses, but sometimes an industry pops up and gets big enough to force regulations to catch up.

City code requires the owners to buy a year-long license to legally sell their product on the street, but those licenses don’t give the trucks access to most public property. Before unless there was a special event the owners could only set up in private lots and just recently the parking spots in parks were opened up to them so long as they buy a special license. 

City officials say they do plan to open Main Street up to the trucks for one night each month. The idea is to create a fest like atmosphere with music and live entertainment kind of like H&8th in Oklahoma City. But it’s only temporary. They’ll start in May and stop this September. 

That’s a start for the truckers. An opportunity they will definitely take advantage of but it’s not exactly what they’re looking for. They’re hoping to eventually have something a little more permanent.

But, those pesky ordinances are standing in their way and if the city ever decides to change them, it’s probably going to take a little more time and a little more convincing.

Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
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