The first of our food truck vendors are ready to roll, with Cantina Mobil just issued the City's first permit as part of our trial aimed at offering diverse and high-quality food throughout the day and particularly late at night.
In our consultation on improving our late night economy, Sydneysiders told us they want food trucks for their city, and we're very glad to be delivering
To make this possible the City has rewritten the regulations on mobile food vending - ensuring these 'restaurants on wheels' adhere to the highest standards.
The food trucks will be located in places that are currently inadequately served at different times of the day or night.
Trading hours at each site are tailored so there are no conflicts with existing cafes and restaurants. A booking system will be used to ensure a turnover of trucks during the opening hours.
Approvals have already been granted for food trucks to operate in:
- Queen's Square, Mon-Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat-Sun, 7am-2am
- Hyde Park north, 7 days, 9pm-2am
- Victoria Park car park, 7 days, 7am-2am
- Victoria Park at Cleveland Street, 7 days, 6pm-2am.
Three other sites, outside Customs House at Circular Quay, in Pitt Street Mall and at Macquarie Place, will go before Council in May.
Development application decisions are pending on seven other sites in parks and public areas around the CBD and inner suburbs.
On some streets food trucks will be able to pull up to the footpath - as long as they follow existing parking restrictions and are not too close to an existing food business.
We hope that in the future, the trucks will become an integral part of Sydney's outdoor events and festivals, as well as private functions.
The City will shortly launch an app for iPhone and Android which will let you see in real time where the trucks are located and what they are serving each day.
Cantina Mobil will hit Sydney's streets from later this week, with other trucks following over the next few weeks.