Raleigh has emerged as one of the best cities in the country for food trucks, according to a report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The study evaluated 20 cities’ regulatory requirements, restrictions and associated financial obligations that come with opening and operating a food truck. It also calls for greater awareness of the regulatory speed bumps food trucks must cross to open up for business. Portland, Ore., Denver, Colo. and Orlando, Fla. topped the list while Boston placed last and Raleigh ranked 11th overall.
Becky Cascio, who co-owns the Durham-based food truck Pie Pushers with her husband Mike Hacker, said the two opened their truck seven years ago when food trucks weren’t as widely known or quickly accepted by the community.
“At the time, there weren’t as many food trucks,” she said. “It was something that just wasn’t around yet in Durham or in the Triangle.”
Carrboro and Durham were initially a lot more welcoming to the food truck culture and did not have that many barriers to overcome when starting a food truck, Hacker said. As time went on and more trucks emerged, Raleigh’s policies regarding food trucks began to loosen and allowed for easier entry into the market.