Deadline passes for Food Truck O'Rama liquor license protests

VIDEO: Deadline passes for Food Truck O'Rama liquor license protests
Published: May. 5, 2015 at 8:03 PM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 10:04 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Plans are rolling along for a food truck lot in downtown Charleston after a deadline passed for anyone wanting to protest the business's liquor license passed with no complaints received.

Food trucks are getting ready to serve up a whole new opportunity for their customers.

The Food Truck O'Rama lot is located off Mount Pleasant Street and Rutledge Avenue

It's a business operated by Brad Creger, Riverdogs President Mike Veeck, and actor Bill Murray.

The three already own and operate Rutledge Cab Company a few yards down the road, and the news for this spot is drawing excitement from the locals.

"I think it's a great idea," Darrell Williams, who lives in the area, said.

"I think it's great for our local economy," Sara Thompson, who lives near the site, said. "It does make me a little nervous for our neighborhood, but I'm always excited to see new local restaurants open up."

While plans are not official at this point, food truck vendors said there will be room for four trucks at any given time.

Some food truck vendors have already been in contact with the owners to try and get their food on the lot.

"I think it's going to be amazing," Cory Burke, owner of Roti Rolls, said. "They're going to do an open air bar area, they'll have live music, and obviously food trucks too."

A notice on the door, posted as of April 20, said anyone who objected to the permit needed to send a letter to the Department of Revenue, specifically Alcohol Beverage Licensing, postmarked by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A spokeswoman at the department said no letters have been received.

That liquor license is dependent upon approval from the city and state.

Some locals feel serving alcohol won't be a problem.

A major highlight though is being able to bring a variety of different foods to one area.

"I think there will all sorts of inter-racial foods," Fauzia Garner, owner of Fauzia's Kitchen, said. "A lot of restaurants don't have all kinds of food. A lot of people have never had these foods. We are happy because you're going to learn more about different kinds of foods."

"It will be a nice symbiotic relationship between the trucks and them," Burke added

A member of the Food Truck Federation here in Charleston told us they've been trying to get something like this to happen for a while. They're excited for this opportunity and the people who are spearheading the business.

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