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Report: Police Raid Area Food Trucks

Five trucks were issued citations Wednesday in Virginia Highland.

Atlanta Police raided the food truck event in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday and issued citations for improper permits.

Five trucks were cited, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Each truck must have a license for each specific address they operate from.

“It is not a health or safety issue," event organizer Bettie Cagle told the AJC. "These guys are fully permitted and follow all of the health regulation codes. But when you are at an event and the police come and shut it down, there is a lot of speculation, which makes me nervous for the trucks.”

Read more on the AJC food blog.

Food trucks are just about an every day part of the eating scene in Midtown and along the westside of town. The Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market opened this past spring at 1850 Howell Mill Road

Tim August 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Seems like something is missing from this story..."Each truck must have a license for each specific address they operate from". These are food TRUCKs, are they supposed to get a new permit everytime they move? Seems like a strange requirement the city has put on them. Maybe someone can explain this requirement.
But wait, August 25, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Someone did write an article explaining it pretty well the last time something like this happened at the HM food truck park. Might have been Creative Loafing but I can't recall. Basically the rule is as stupid as it sounds. One of the most asinine things I have ever heard of and yet another reason this city cannot be taken seriously. Supposedly they were making a hard push to get this rule amended but apparently that hasn't happened. As usual, this boils down to MONEY as I believe the vendors have to pay for every new location permit even though they are a MOBILE BUSINESS!!
Michael August 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM
So now they have to pay for permits, pay income taxes, pay taxes on gasoline, buy food to sell and pay taxes on that, pay the venue to sell there, pay for their own health insurance, and still have enough money to call it a profitable business. Is this what the mayor meant by encouraging small business in Atlanta?
Steve Baile August 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
What's even funnier is that the police chose to raid this!! Haha, dumbass cowboys! Focus on the stabbing taking place In the neighborhood...worst police force ever.
Andre Dickens August 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Sounds weird to me too. However, we can't be too sure that established brick and mortar location restaurants are not throwing up flags and signals to the po-po because of the new lower cost competition.
Justin W. Steigerwalt August 27, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I'm sure those officers enjoyed a free steak at the Highland Tap afterwards...
Debi Dugger August 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Seems like there is more important crime to deal with!!! A raid on food trucks...come on guys...there have to be more important battles to fight!
MLP Neighbor August 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Police raid for food truck permits; really? Not enough crime out there that they have to waste their time and my tax money on this BS? I'm not a happy taxpayer!
MLP Neighbor August 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Police raid for food truck permits, really? Not enough crime out there that they have to waste their time and my tax dollars on this BS? I'm not a happy taxpayer, Kasim!

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