A food truck has been a staple in the downtown Phoenix area for the past decade.
But in the last year, the area has seen a rapid growth in the number of food trucks in the city, and the area is set to become home to a second food truck next year.
“It’s kind of a big change,” said Mark Johnson, who has been working as a restaurant manager for more than 20 years.
“We’re in the middle of a major shift.”
Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, with more than 70 new food trucks operating in the Phoenix area in 2017, according to the Downtown Phoenix Partnership.
The downtown area is home to more than 300 restaurants, and most are owned and operated by independent owners, with some serving as a franchise.
The Downtown Phoenix Alliance, which represents many of the new food truck owners, says the number is expected to double by 2019.
In Phoenix, food trucks are mostly located on the sidewalks and on street corners.
But Johnson said it is only a matter of time before food trucks start popping up on the city’s streets, and it is up to the city to figure out how to make the process safer and easier for people to get food while dining in public.
“We need to have a conversation about how do we make it easier for our community to do that, and also provide some level of safety and security to the community,” Johnson said.
In an effort to increase safety and convenience for residents and visitors, Johnson said the Downtown Partnership is working with Phoenix Police to develop a new city ordinance that would require all food trucks to have food trucks on the sidewalk and on the street.
Johnson said he hopes the ordinance will allow food trucks, such as Chipotle, to operate in the area without fear of getting arrested.
“There’s been no arrests for a couple years now, and that’s probably going to change with the ordinance that we have coming out, because people will have to have proper ID and can’t be arrested,” Johnson added.