Originally Published: August 8, 2016 6 a.m.
I want to thank the Courier for the front page article addressing food trucks in Prescott. After reading it, I got to thinking that “Why Wouldn’t the Public Support Food Trucks” should be the headline of your next article concerning the question of whether or not the City should allow mobile food businesses to operate in Prescott.
I have traveled to numerous cities around the country where food trucks are not only welcomed but a way of life for the locals as any restaurant is. The brick and mortar restaurants all have their unique menu items and whether they are competing with another brick and mortar establishment or a restaurant on wheels makes no difference in the eyes of the public as they will frequent those that call to them, that work for their schedules and that they can afford.
Trucks may not have the overhead that brick and mortars do, which is oftentimes at the top of the list of complaints but the trucks can’t possibly make the kind of income that the permanent restaurants do either. I know firsthand the incredible work ethic it takes to operate a successful food truck and that the money that they have invested for startup is, oftentimes, their life savings. My two sons, born and raised in Prescott, run a very successful food truck called Mo’Bowls in Bozeman, Montana, where they have been serving their city for the past three years. They are working with the city of Bozeman on adapting rules and regulations that work for everyone so that the many trucks there can continue to work and serve their clients like any other food establishment.
The Prescott city council should put their heads together to find a way to support these entrepreneurs so that they may work hard alongside the rest to achieve their dreams and goals. Besides the obvious daytime opportunities around the square, there currently are very few late night food options downtown and allowing food trucks to fill this void would be a win-win.
Food trucks are a way of the future and would bring a unique vibe to our downtown. Support the coalition today!