Food Trucks Are Small Businesses Too
As small businesses, food trucks in the Triangle face legal challenges
Interest in and support of food trucks has exploded in the Triangle over the past few years. This Sunday, August 11th, Downtown Raleigh will sponsor its third food truck rodeo of the year from 4 to 9 p.m. Over 70 food trucks will line Fayetteville Street for some 10 blocks to provide consumers a wide variety of dishes. A fourth food truck rodeo in downtown Raleigh is scheduled to be held on October 13th. What makes these events remarkable is the historic opposition by the city of Raleigh to food trucks. City officials worried that the trucks might threaten the business of downtown restaurants and create congestion, litter and noise.
Durham, on the other hand, embraced mobile cuisine long before the first food truck was welcomed on the streets of Raleigh. The initial success in this city can be attributed in large part to the owner of Only Burger, Brian Bottger, who coined the phrase “food truck rodeo.” Unlike Raleigh, Durham took the position that food trucks are small business owners like their brick and mortar counterparts and deserve a shot at pursuing their gastronomical dreams.
Like most small business ventures, food trucks require hard work and some risk. It’s hard enough to achieve success when you know what you’re doing and do everything right.
In 2010, Mike Strenke invested $19,000 into a pizza truck and supplies only to discover that he couldn’t operate in Raleigh. Strenke, in the Klausie’s Pizza truck, rode out the opposition, championed a change in the city’s attitude and gained a large following. Recent posts on Klausie’s Pizza social media, however, indicate that the truck has been sold and plans are being made to open a brick and mortar location.
Strenke’s story serves to emphasize the need for small businesses to make sure that they understand and comply with the laws that govern formation, organization and operation and plan for the challenges and transitions that come with success as well as failure.
Whatever small business opportunity or dream you may wish to pursue, the Ivie Law Firm can help you navigate the law and implement a business structure to facilitate success. Call, email or use the Contact Form for additional information.
One final note – a group of local film makers working for Creative Illusions Productions spent the summer creating a series of videos entitled Street Foodie Diaries about the area’s food trucks. The first episode, which features Mama Duke’s, was released on YouTube this morning and can be viewed HERE. You can find and like Street Foodie Diaries on Facebook HERE.