An industry on the move

In Rhode Island and the nation, the food-truck industry has grown rapidly over the past decade. Aspiring business owners and chefs are drawn to the relatively flexible and inexpensive business model that’s become increasingly popular and efficient, and consumers are responding.

“Our society loves having options and choices,” said Eric B. Weiner, founder of FoodTrucksIn.com. “To be able to walk into Kennedy Plaza in Providence with co-workers and not have to worry about what restaurant you want to go to because there are four food trucks … is appealing to how we want to live our lives.”

With progress, however, comes growing pains, and the nascent subsector of the food-services industry has raised questions about how food trucks should be regulated in a way that helps foster growth, but ensures a level playing field with brick-and-mortar restaurants. Many of the latter feel like the industry’s mobility allows it to skirt traditional tax levies.

Read the full story at Providence Business News here.

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