Today I will finally have the option to walk to a food truck parked just around the corner from my office in downtown Raleigh. Food trucks have been part of the Raleigh food scene for more than six years now, but up until this point they have only been allowed to park on private property or at festivals. However the Raleigh City Council recently approved a Pilot Program that will allow food trucks to park at four designated locations on city streets across downtown: 100 E. Polk St., 300 S. Harrington St., 300 South Bloodworth St. and South State Street at the NCDMV Headquarters and N.C. State Employees Credit Union.
Trucks have to apply for a permit to park in these spots but once approved they will be able to get on the schedule for these spots which are available for use seven days a week between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Trucks will also be able to schedule to operate between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. It’s nice to see Raleigh adding more options for food trucks and I’m hopeful that this program will be extended beyond the originally planned six months and that even more locations will be added across downtown. To find out what trucks are scheduled at these locations you view the truck calendar here.