WACO (July 29, 2013)—Since April 1, two mobile food vendors have set up shop in downtown Waco, and if city leaders have their way, more will follow.
City leaders are now talking about creating a hub, a sort of mobile food truck "food court," where more vendors can gather and prepare their food.
An estimated 20,000 people work in the downtown area, and could provide a ready market for what the mobile vendors have to sell.
The Vanilla Bean Bake Shoppe, housed inside of a vintage 1971 Airstream Trailer named “Bob”, is now doing business at the corner of South 6th Street and Franklin Avenue.
It features such favorites such as cheesecakes, coffee, and its specialty 3-ounce cookie ice cream sandwich.
Becky Chollett's bakery is the first of its kind in downtown and only the second mobile food business in the area.
"I think our trailer just really enhances the downtown environment and brings people back to downtown,” she said.
George Gaylord, the owner of Nathan's Hot Dog Cart at South 7th Street and Austin Avenue, says it took time to go through the process of obtaining permits, but says local health officials are now more familiar with what should be required of the mobile vendors.
He says the stand, which sells the famous Coney Island Fourth Of July Hot Dog Eating Contest dog, is doing pretty well.
"People have been real receptive so I've done pretty good so far as a lot of repeat customers,” he said.