Popularity of food trucks grows
Whether it's pizza, pasta, tacos, burgers, fries or cupcakes you crave, chances are there is a food truck out there to meet all of your culinary cravings.
"I love it. You don't have to go into a restaurant sit down and wait you can just get what you want and keep going," said Velma Waddell.
Food trucks in Indianapolis have been on the streets for close to two years, but the number of trucks exploded during the Superbowl last February.
"It was a lot of fun ,very challenging" said Scratch truck owner Matt Kornmeyer.
When Kornmeyer first rolled out his truck he was the 9th mobile eatery in Indianapolis. Now there are around 60.
He and a dozen or so other trucks have weathered through feast and famine. While he loves life on the road he warns the business is not for everyone, "It's a lot harder than I thought it would be you know, 17 hour days seven days a week."
Kornmeyer quickly realized the power in numbers and spearheaded the Food Truck Alliance. With a membership around 15, the association gives truck owners a unified voice to address conflicts or potential legislative issues. It also sets bylaws for owners so the food truck community gets along internally and externally.
"Out of respect we do not park within a 100 feet of a brick and mortar restaurant," said Kornmeyer. Other rules include cleaning up during and after a shift and obeying the laws. It also allows corporations to call and order trucks for events, making it easier than calling each truck individually.
Trucks got another boost to the gas tank thanks to the city with organized events like the food truck rally along Georgia Street. The rally is especially beneficial during the challenging winter months.
"It's tough when is cold. This weekend has been an awesome weekend. All the trucks needed this weekend," said Ryan Edwards with Dashboard Diner.
Events on Georgia Street feed hungry visitors in town for conventions, but they also draw out locals who just have to have their food truck fix.
I tried the trucks with my daughter last year. I've been food truck crazy since then," said Waddell as she made her way from truck to truck gathering her lunch.
She says she comes out for the food truck food, cold or not.
"I think this is a great idea they should do this more often. All the trucks are lined up in one place. It's great," said Waddell.
Some thought the food truck fad was just a flash in the pan but with trucks hiring additional workers and foodies braving the cold. Foodies and truck workers alike will tell you, the proof is in the pudding. These trucks are here to stay.