Food Truck mania has officially hit the Quad Cities area. With over 20 different food truck vendors, the cities are finally starting to listen to the growing demand for a place for the trucks to park.
Currently, Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, and Rock Island each have different laws regulating who can set up a food truck where and when, some more lenient that others. However, it’s becoming apparent that the local governments are taking feedback from area residents and looking to eliminate some current restrictions.
Food Truck Tuesdays is Davenport’s trial run at allowing food trucks to operate on public property, up until this month business was conducted only on private property. Each week, at a revolving location, vendors are allowed to set up shop during limited hours. The times flip-flop week to week, from lunch week’s one and three, then to dinner week’s two and four, presumably for the city to try out different locations and times to see what works best.
The next one coming will be Tuesday, September 27th from 4-9pm at Bechtel Park located at Iowa and 2nd streets. Each week the number of vendors keeps growing, the first having 3 and the most recent having 9 different vendors there. There are so many options of things to choose from, from healthy food by Cinnamon-N-Sage, to creative endeavors by the Crepe Guy, and classics like pulled pork from the Noshery.
In fact, the first three Tuesdays have been so well attended that the City is planning on hosting more in October. Food Truck Fridays will be held October 7th and 14th from 3-10pm also at Bechtel Park.
The other cities in the area are also welcoming trucks into their businesses. The La Flama truck can often be found in the K & K True Value parking lot at 1818 Grant Street, in Bettendorf. Chef’s Road Show sets up at Bent River Brewing Co. at 512 24th Street in Rock Island, and the Streets of Italy are in the District of Rock Island on the weekends. Flavor Train can be found on the weekends in downtown Moline on 5th Avenue and Roy’s Fed Up Hot Dogs are available in the Ben Butterworth Parkway on River Drive.
As the laws because a little more flexible, I predict that the number of food trucks will increase in the area and we will see more of them around town on a more regular basis. It is another way that the Quad Cities is providing us with more locally focused ways to support the small businesses around town.
Check out the video with Streets of Italy and Flavor Train!