After the success of the Main Street Food Truck Festival last year, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is organizing a regular event, Main Street Food Truck Fridays, scheduled to kick off Friday, April 13. The DLRP hopes to have two to four trucks each week on the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue, with different trucks rotating into the space weekly. The weekly line-up will aim for diversity, DLRP executive director Sharon Priest said. Assuming the weekly event goes well, it will continue through the Main Street Food Truck Festival in October.
The DLRP has contacted all registered food trucks in the city, Priest said. So far four have agreed to participate: Haute Wheels, Green Cuisine, Christians Take-Out Too and Hot Dog Mike. Other trucks interested in participating can contact the DLRP at 375-0121.
Asked about pushback from downtown brick and mortar restaurants, Priest said so far she'd heard complaints from two, but said she thought the food trucks would bring everyone new customers. "I think [restaurants] will find a pick-up in foot traffic. There'll be people coming to an area they're not use to going to. Ultimately, it will bring them more business."
For the record: Angel Galloway, with the Rep, first suggested reinvigorating Main Street by allowing food trucks to park along it in the 2010 edition of our Big Ideas issue.