There is a bit of a food fight going on in the Old Market area of Omaha. Brendon Henery is the co-owner of Michael’s at The Market, a long time Mexican restaurant and says this isn’t about competition. He says he is more concerned about where they are allowed to park.
Henery says, “As far as the law is concerned, most of the food trucks can park at any metered space they want to. Our main concern is most of these trucks are over 20 feet long and most of these spaces are only geared to vehicles that aren’t 20 feet long. Where this truck was parked the front, right tire was on the sidewalk and the back of truck stood out two to three feet into the line of traffic. That is a safety issue.”
Henery is also concerned that food trucks do not have to charge what is known as the restaurant tax to customers. He says the tax was explained to him the extra fee is an occupation tax and since food trucks are on wheels they are exempt.
Henery says a good solution would be for the city to come up with a plan as to where the trucks can park. He says his family owns a parking lot in the Old Market area and discussions are in the works with at least one food truck vendor to utilize that space.