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May 8, 2013

Traverse City OKs food trucks


“You have two sides that debated a long time. When you end up with an ordinance that neither side really loved, that’s a good compromise,” Joseph said.

It was good news for Gary Jonas, whose upcoming bar called The Little Fleet will permanently host at least five food trucks at its East Front Street location in the former Jack’s Market. He and his wife, Allison, plan to open the bar before the end of May.

They also own a restaurant and a bar in Brooklyn, where a food truck culture is established.

”I think it’s going to bring a lot of spirit to our city,” Jonas said.

Commissioner Barbara Budros voted against the ordinance because of reservations about trucks allowed near Traverse City Central High School.

”High school students are whipping in and out of that parking lot ... I just think it can be a bad situation,” she said.

She’d like to see data in October, when the commission will evaluate the ordinance.

Downtown Development Authority officials underwent an extensive process to gather public input for its ordinance recommendation to the city commission. The city commission made some tweaks.

”Let’s see what happens,” said DDA executive director Bryan Crough. “We are encouraged ... that there will be a serious ongoing evaluation on how this is working and how this is impacting downtown.”

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