Akron, Ohio food trucks to serve lunch downtown under new policy

Akron, Ohio food trucks will line up at Cascade Plaza downtown for lunch for the first time in five years under a new arrangement, according to Cleveland.com. The city teamed with PNC Bank to sponsor the lunches, while Downtown Akron Partnership suggested setting up at Cascade Plaza.

Cascade Cucina on the Cascade Plaza will run every Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., May 24 through Sept. 27, featuring Summit County-based food trucks.

Legislation passed in 2014 limited where trucks can set up. Fees were also required, mostly to protect business at downtown brick and mortar restaurants.

Under existing law, food trucks pay a yearly $225 application fee, a $25 health and safety inspection fee and an additional $1,750 to set up in the biomedical corridor, which includes downtown, the three hospitals and the University of Akron.

The law also prohibits trucks from being within 200 feet of a restaurant, 50 feet of a residence, 1,000 feet from a school and 750 feet from a park.

Topics: Food & Beverage, Food Safety, Independent Operators, Inspections, Legal Issues, Policy / Legislation / Regulation, Safety

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