Craving mobile grub Downtown and not sure where to turn? There’s finally an app for that. The City of Las Vegas, in partnership with Code for America, has unveiled the free Downtown Food Truck iPhone App, which tracks in real time when and where vendors hawking everything from grilled cheese to pho are. No iPhone? The deets are also available at LasVegasNevada.gov/FoodTruck or through #DTLVFoodTrucks on Twitter.
The three designated locations stem from an ordinance requiring food trucks to be no closer than 150 feet to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. The spots are found at 100 Bonneville Avenue near the Bonneville Transportation Center; 1 Lewis Avenue behind City Hall; and the 400 block of South Third Street in front of the Regional Justice Center. Food trucks were initially placed in a lottery system to draw for times and spaces.
To date, 19 operators are participating, but those wanting to get in on the action can contact parking services manager Brandy Stanley for vacancies. Thanks to the new technologically advanced parking meters cropping up Downtown, food trucks need to only enter in their plate numbers to transmit current data.
The pilot program runs until January 2014, after which the City will re-evaluate and make improvements where necessary.