Keller rejects food trucks in Old Town district

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by MARCUS MOORE

WFAA

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM

KELLER — A food fight has left food trucks parked in Keller, which isn't ready to welcome the mobile kitchens that offer competition to established restaurants.

"I think change is hard; new ideas can be difficult to grasp," said Keller City Council member John Hoffman. He and other supporters of the food trucks in the Tarrant County city are left disappointed.

"I think we've made a mistake for the city of Keller, its citizens, and our businesses," he said after the Council voted 4-3 to reject a zoning change that would have made room for a food truck park in Keller's Old Town district, an area that has seen tremendous growth over the past several months.

"Where Old Town Keller is today, compared to where it was two years ago, it's now a main street venue," said Cary Moon, a restaurant owner who was among the most vocal against allowing food trucks in the area.

He said it would hurt the new businesses that have already invested hundreds of thousands dollars in the district, because the food trucks would have been able to operate under very different rules.

"They have lower costs," Moon said. "There's no bonafide sales tax going back to the city. And it's just a different experience."

In a tie-breaking vote, the food truck opponents won.

Trey Presswood, who planned to develop the food truck park, is not deterred; he remains determined to bring the experience to Keller.

"I'm disappionted for the community that it doesn't get to benefit from a park like this," Presswood said. "By no means do I consider it water under the bridge just yet."

He hopes he can find another part of the city where a food truck park will be accepted.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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