Food Truck Owners Seek Room to Grow

February 21, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Advocates for Atlanta’s burgeoning street food scene say it has the potential to grow five to 10 times its current size and could become an economic driver that puts hundreds of local residents to work.  But to do so, they’ll need a friendlier permitting process, more favorable small business loans and regulations that open up areas in which to operate.  “Atlanta has the capacity for 100 trucks and to create 300 to 400 jobs,” said Greg Smith, president of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition.

“Atlanta is an ideal place for trucks to operate.”  Carson Young, who operates the popular Yumbii truck, said business has been so successful that he plans to launch a second truck this spring and possibly a third in the summer.  “From our standpoint, in meeting with other people who plan to launch trucks here this spring and summer, Atlanta is about to explode on the gourmet food truck scene that has become a national phenomenon and obsession,” Young said.

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