Popular Rock Spring-based food truck business Pasture Plate will begin operating in LaFayette for breakfast and lunch the first week of February.
At its Jan. 13 meeting, the LaFayette City Council unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance allowing food trucks within city limits, regulating where trucks can operate and setting standards for operation.
The ordinance prohibits food trucks from operating within 100 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and also states they cannot park on private or public property without written permission from the property owner. Food trucks are also not allowed to park in the public-right-of-way, save for during special events with approval from the city.
To set up within the city, food truck owners will need to submit a $50 application and an additional $100 for a calendar-year-long license. The ordinance states that each license will expire on Dec. 31 of the year it was provided and will not be prorated.
This ordinance came just in the nick of time for Pasture Plate. The food truck's previous location in front of Nissin Brake Georgia was scheduled for renovation, said owner Steve Cagle.
Pasture Plate also operates an online delivery service for farm-fresh prepared meals and pasture-raised, non-GMO-certified chicken, beef and pork from Cagle Farms and Natural Ways Homestead in Chickamauga. The food truck opened last summer, serving up a mix of American, Korean and Cajun food as well as hearty breakfast sandwiches.
Pasture Plate was recently approved to begin work on a new venue in Rock Spring capable of hosting four food trucks or trailers set to open by this spring. The vision is that customers can pick from a variety of food and then head into the venue for drinks and a place to eat, Cagle said.
Pasture Plate will park at 107 N. Duke St. in LaFayette, in the lot at City Cleaners. The truck will serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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