Food Trucks Rolling Into Dallas Arts District

Mobile restaurants will be required to move every hour, at least for now

By Julie Tam
|  Thursday, Apr 28, 2011  |  Updated 12:32 AM CDT
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The City Council approves a change allowing food trucks into part of downtown Dallas.

Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com

The City Council approves a change allowing food trucks into part of downtown Dallas.

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Dallas Arts District pedestrians will soon hear and smell the sizzle of gourmet meals served from food trucks.

As expected, the City Council approved a change Wednesday that allows the mobile restaurants into the arts district.

"We feel that is a strong component to making a lively district," said Veletta Lill, executive director of Dallas Arts District, a nonprofit that advocates for the district. "This is a small business opportunity, too and for us to get different kinds of options. We're looking at somebody who wants to do a Vietnamese fusion truck and those kinds of things."

However, the ordinance forces food trucks to move every hour. The City Council is working on removing the requirement.

Michael Siegel, who parks his Green House food truck in a University Park shopping center, said he always had his eyes set on the Dallas Arts District.

"It means a new market for us, a new territory," he said. "Anytime you can go to an area -- especially the arts district -- where you have this great area, great entertainment, where we can go and also [reach] the downtown workers, I think it's a tremendous opportunity."

Siegel's truck will join at least five others on a private lot on Flora Street between Pearl and Olive streets.

Council members also approved plans for a restaurant trailer park in Lower Greenville.

Stationary Airstream food trailers will pop up at the former site of the Arcadia Theater within the next year.

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