City's food truck program remains a work­-in-progre­ss

City working with food truck vendors to find better locations

SAN ANTONIO - Across from San Antonio City Hall, Tamra Quintiliani, along with her husband, runs Apizza Mia, a mobile food truck serving Italian classics.

"Every day, more and more people find out about it,” said Quintiliani.

Still, foot traffic around the business remains moderate.

As part of the city’s mobile food truck program, this spot has become the only viable option for vendors. Other proposed city sites like Maverick Park and Hemisfair Park proved to lack the foot traffic and business.

Chris Conger, the owner of Smoke Shack BBQ who is new to the City Hall location, said word about the other locations spread fast.

"I’d heard there wasn’t a lot of traffic and it was kind of hard to get to,” said Conger.

Meanwhile, at his new location, he is hoping for the best.

"It’s already been pretty good for us, hopefully it gets better,” added Conger.

Those traveling down Dolorosa through downtown may never know the mobile food trucks exist, due to their location behind a building.

Vendors like Quintiliani believe greater visibility would help business.

"No one sees us driving by because you have this big wall right here," she said.

For the city’s part, they are working with vendors.

"They're really doing everything they can to make it friendly for the people and the vendors and they've listened to a lot of feedback," said Quintiliani.

Quintiliani also believed the city would be announcing a second, more viable location for mobile food trucks soon. For now, however, she planned to stay put.

"I think the only way to really make it work is to just hang in there long enough so that people can find out about it."


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