Davenport could see more food truck days in October

The turnouts from the crowds to the number of vendors exceeded the city's expect

By Gretta Patrick | gpatrick@whbf.com

Published 09/28 2016 06:37PM

Updated 09/28 2016 06:38PM

Food trucks in Davenport could become part of the regular downtown landscape. The city's Food Truck Tuesday pilot program exceeded expectations. Now that could be extended into October.
"It exceeded even my fairly high expectations," said executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership Kyle Carter. 
"Each week we've had more customers and more vendors than the last," said Davenport's budget analyst Mallory Merritt. 
For the last four weeks, food trucks made Tuesday nights in Davenport a little more flavorful.
Chad Cushman owns the crepe guy. Echoing city officials, he says Davenport's pilot program exceeded his expectations.
"I was really excited when I heard that the city was talking about it. I went to that first meeting and got involved right away," Cushman said. 
The city expected Food Truck Tuesdays to go over well, what they didn't expect was just how popular it would become. The last Food Truck Tuesday had 13 food trucks and so many people, some of them sold out of food. So the city decided to extend the program into October. 
"That was just due to the demand, you know and the weather has held out for us too, so that's exciting," Carter said. 
The purpose of the pilot food truck program was to help draft an ordinance over the winter. City employees will take input from the food truck owners and local businesses into account. 
"I think the two main points are going to be location and timeframe, so we're going to really have to consider where are we going to put them? How are we going to structure the program?" Merritt said. 
"We're also being very sensitive to the downtown businesses and not to encroach in on their business that they have, so we're being very respectful of that," Cushman said.  
The goal: Keeping the food trucks, while keeping businesses happy. 
City Council is expected to vote Wednesday night on adding two more food truck days.Those days would be on Fridays instead of Tuesdays. Those dates are October 7 and October 14.  The location would be at Second and Iowa streets. 

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