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What's on the Menu: Food Truck Tuesday Oct. 9

See who's serving dinner this week and find out where to park.

Don't be afraid to show your Smyrna School Spirit this week at Smyrna Food Truck Tuesday. The event starts at 5 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. at Taylor-Brawner Park. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Smyrna Education Foundation to benefit the city's public schools.

See who's serving dinner tonight at the park:

Public parking adjacent to the playground and mini ampitheatre will stop shortly before 5 p.m. to allow for safe and swift setup of the trucks. Additional parking is available at Community Bank of the South, Covenant Christian School and Smyrna Presbyterian Church. Because parking is limited walking is encouraged.

smurf October 09, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Why does the City of Smyrna allow out of town food trucks to do business in Smyrna once a week FREE, plus subsidizing their visits? Don't city officials realize that local restaurants that are required to PURCHASE a business license are losing money on Tuesdays? I read that one of the ladies on Council is even opposed to charging these out of town food trucks a permit fee!!! Shouldn't they at least be required to cover their costs to do business here like the rest of us? I am not opposed to "Food Truck Tuesday" but these folks should be treated like any other business that operates in Smyrna, not be given special treatment at local businesses expense.
Michelle Elmore October 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I agree that the food trucks should be required to pay a permit fee like any other business. However, isn't it possible that these food trucks are not hurting local restaurants but helping them.in the long run? Perhaps sales go down on Tuesdays (I wonder if it's significantly?) but the food trucks are very popular and bringing in people who may never have come to the city otherwise. Attracting people to the city will ultimately increase everyone's awareness of other businesses and restaurants in Smyrna. When a nearby patron wants something to eat, or buy, they will realize how close Smyrna is, and what other quality restaurants and businesses are available. I think ultimately it will pay off for everyone, not just those who are bringing in the trucks.
Anita Norman October 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Completely agree with Michelle. Keep the food trucks but require them to pay a fee equivalent to whatever 1/7th of a week's fee is for local restaurants. Another idea would be to reduce the number of out-of-Smyrna trucks and allow local businesses some space to set up stands like they do at the "Taste of Smyrna". Also, get rid of the whole thing for the winter. This will enjoy longer success and less burnout if it remains something "special" for good weather months, with the whole family/picnic/community togetherness theme of Taylor Brawner Park.

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