Food truck regulations spark concern in Mt. Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Food trucks are popping up all over Charleston, but some local restaurants aren't happy about it. There are 15 independently owned food trucks in the Tri-county area.  Restaurant owners in Mt. Pleasant think they need to have more regulation.

"I think they're a great concept, but I think they should have to go through the same regulations as brick and mortar restaurants," said Mary Zapatka, owner of Square Onion and Square Onion Too.

Food truck drivers say the mobile meal vehicles are a better alternative than opening a restaurant in this bad economy.

"I wanted to be my own boss. I started a catering company in Charlotte, then decided to move back home and do something more mobile," said Desmond Brown, owner of Geechee Island Catering.

In Mt. Pleasant, food trucks are only allowed to park on private property as allowed by the property owner. DHEC inspects the food trucks at random as well as a scheduled check once a month.

"I don't see why restaurants have a problem with us. Charleston is known for its food and it's big enough for restaurants and food trucks to feed people," said Brown.

Mt. Pleasant is holding a town meeting on Monday at 2 p.m. for locals to voice their opinion on how trucks should be regulated. Right now, very few rules are in place for the trucks.

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