City of North Port resident will soon see more Food Trucks out on the streets
NORTH PORT - Things down in North Port are about to get a lot tastier. The City Commissioners gave the green light to mobile food vendors to take their traveling cuisines to the streets.
"With the City of North Port it really does open up a new avenue for me where I can go to work every day and not have to just wait for special events," said Tracy Lindstedt.
Lindstedt, owner of Uncle Louie’s Italian Ice, has been in business for about a month now. She recently filled for her permit to sell her Italian ice on the road.
"When you go through the parks and you see all the people out there and their hot and sweaty, and I know the kids are playing on the playgrounds I’m just thinking they would love to have an Italian ice so now they’ll have the opportunity,” said Lindstedt.
While waiting on her food truck to be approved by the city Lindstedt and her colorful cart set up shop at the Punta Gorda Farmers Market every Sunday. Aaron Bruer owner of The Traveling Noodle is another vendor waiting on his food truck to be complete.
"The Traveling Noodle is a fresh local food concept," said Bruer. "We’re going to be focusing on Italian street food small plates, lots of pastas, lots of different dishes from all the different regions in Italy.”
Bruer has been cooking Italian delicacies since he was 16-years-old. He even attended culinary school to become chef.
"I have a pretty diverse culinary background," he said. "My mother’s side of the family is Italian, I love Italian food it’s a concept I feel that isn’t represented in the food truck world that much.”
The food truck vendors will need to apply for a permit that will be good for up to a year and come at a cost of $100.
Uncle Louie’s Italian Ice will hit the streets later this month. The Traveling Noodle will debut in mid-August to start taking food orders.