Since they first began in July, Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays have been regarded as a runaway success both in Smyrna and beyond. Now Smyrna city officials have to decide if the event should be extended indefinitely.
Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays even attracted the attention of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Food and More Blogger Jon Watson who was impressed by the more than 1,000 people in attendance at Smyrna Food Truck Tuesday calling it “more than I’d ever seen at any one ITP event.”
“It was obvious that there is a need that they are filling within the community,” he said.
But when Smyrna City Council approved Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays back in June they voted to permit the events through October. Now Council and city staff must decide if the event is worth continuing.
Ward 3 Council Representative Teri Anulewicz thinks so. She’s posed the question to the constituents who follow her Ward 3 Facebook page and the said the response has been in favor of extending the event indefinitely.
“I would like to extend Food Truck Tuesdays indefinitely and frankly let market forces determine what happens,” she said. “In the winter as it gets colder, I have a feeling there are going to be people who come out on both ends. There are going to trucks who want to come out and there will be people who want to come out. I think it will be different, there won’t be the long lingering nights like we had in the summer and early fall, but I’m pretty sure residents would like to see this as an amenity that the city continues.”
Anulewicz said she thought most of her fellow Council Representatives would be in favor of extending the event indefinitely if it started at 5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. as the days grow shorter, however she added that the body has not formally discussed it yet.
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