Food trucks will be back in downtown this summer after Lexington's Urban County Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend the city's food truck pilot program to Dec. 31.
Council in June approved a six-month pilot program allowing food trucks in six downtown zones after several months of debate. At the time of the June vote, the council agreed to review the program at the end of the six-month trial period. The council voted in December to extend the program temporarily until March so it could see whether there were any complaints and review the program in February.
At a council meeting in February, no brick-and-mortar restaurants testified against the program. Only four food trucks participated in the program last year because the pilot program was started in the middle of many food truck vendors' season.
During lunch hours, food trucks are allowed to stay only in metered spaces for two hours, and that's not enough time for food vendors to set up, serve and tear down. Still, food truck operators have said they expect more vendors to participate in the program this year.