Items from across the Triad and beyond by Eric Ginsburg and Jordan Green
Greensboro testing downtown food trucks Greensboro City Council voted last week to allow mobile
food units, or food trucks, in a specific area of downtown for a two-month trial period beginning Oct. 1. Food trucks are already allowed to operate on private property in other parts of the city, but outspoken resident support for expanding where food trucks can go led council to allow a test run.
Some locals have publicly expressed opposition to the idea saying it would hurt restaurants, but only proponents showed up to speak at the meeting. Council heard from about 10 speakers in support of food trucks, including Triad Local First, a chef, residents, a food truck operator and the Downtown Residents’ Association.
Dianne Ziegler, who founded the association, said 80 percent of surveyed downtown residents supported expanded opportunities for food trucks. A manager for Bin 33, a downtown restaurant, said they are hoping to start a food truck, and an Elon Law student said his peers were excited by affordable and expanded dining options near campus.
The pilot program will allow four trucks at a time to set up on Commerce Place behind the law school between Bellemeade Street and Sternberger Place. Designed to collect information on the benefits of food trucks and the impact on the local economy, the pilot will be limited to lunch and dinner hours Monday through Friday. There are currently 17 licensed food trucks in the city.
The city will charge $20 per day for space usage and will rotate which trucks are in the spots giving each operator a chance before any operator is granted a second time slot. — EG
Tdap vaccinations scheduled in Greensboro and High Point
The Guilford County Public Health Department has scheduled Tdap vaccination clinics for 6th graders on Thursday from 8 a.m. at 1100 E. Wendover Ave. in Greensboro and 501 E. Green Drive in High Point. The vaccinations are free, but parents should bring their health insurance cards with them. The vaccination is required by law for children entering 6th grade. — JG
An Aug. 29 article incorrectly stated that the city of Greensboro gave a loan to Deep Roots Market for $100,000. The loan was to site developer North Eugene Partners for the Deep Roots project but was not given directly to the grocery store.