ALBANY, N.Y. – Foodies in Albany may soon have more options for food on the go.
The city rolled out a new pilot program this week to expand locations for food trucks and food vendors in the capital.
Currently the City of Albany only allows food trucks and food vendors in three main areas in the city but starting this week, that’s about to change. Food vendors will have the chance to apply for permits to move elsewhere.
The food trucks on Washington Avenue have been a long tradition for people on the go. Melissa Silva’s family has been running their hot dog cart for the last 42 years.
“We were actually one of the first vendors out here, and you can see it’s grown a lot since then,” said Silva.
On Thursday alone there were eight trucks and one hot dog stand. According to the vendors, that’s in part because currently the city restricts vendors to State Street, Washington Avenue and the Lincoln Park Pool, but thanks to a new program more locations are being added.
“I think that’s a great opportunity to have other spots to go to,” said Amanda Zareski with Baja Chops Food Truck.
According to the mayor’s office the program will now allow three vendors to set up shop in Washington and Lincoln Park, and five more in public right-of ways across the city. This is something Capital Region foodies like Madelon Swinton says she can get behind.
“That would be a pretty good idea, so we don’t have to walk all the way from the museum to here, just all of the street, that’d be pretty cool,” said Swinton.
For now, the city says mobile food vendors must apply online to get in on the pilot program for a fee of $200, and that they hope to rush through the applications in about a week. Though Silva says she doesn’t want to give up her spot on Washington Avenue, she says it definitely will make her consider expanding elsewhere.
“Definitely be interested, maybe getting another cart out to just try it out, and see if the money’s there,” said Silva.
The pilot program won’t last forever, according to the Mayor’s office. The program only runs through October 31.