By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post
The City of Great Bend received requests for the parking of mobile food units, or food trucks, on city property for private business functions. To accommodate Dry Lake Brewing, the brewery opening soon on Main Street, an ordinance to create parking for food trucks was developed and approved by the Great Bend City Council.
The ordinance enables the city to designate areas on city property to allow the food trucks to park if they are sponsored by a business in the area.
Ryan Fairchild, co-owner of Dry Lake Brewing, says the intent is
to draw more foot traffic downtown and provide an eating option at their
brewery while they are without in-house food options.
"We would like to have this for downtown economics," said Fairchild. "It is a statistical fact that if you put a food truck downtown it increases sales tax collected."
The food truck parking zone for Dry Lake will be behind the brewery, taking approximately 12 stalls on the city-owned parking lot at Lakin and Williams.
"Our plan is to have these food truck vendors use warmers and actually serve the food out of our kitchen space," said Fairchild. "They would be parking a vehicle, perhaps with a trailer, but it would be legally parked with the ordinance."
Dry Lake plans to have food trucks available through their brewery Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Fairchild anticipated an open-food policy Thursday nights where you can bring in your own food from anywhere and sit down to have a drink.
City Attorney Bob Suelter says the sponsoring business will have to apply for and receive a permit to park the food trucks near their building.
"They will have to report all sales to the State of Kansas and it will be required to collect all sales tax due, and that is city, county and state sales tax," said Suelter."
Additional mobile food unit parking areas could be established by the governing body if they are requested and accepted by the city council.
The food truck setup allows Dry Lake to patiently find a qualified candidate to run their kitchen in the future. Hoping to open this month, Fairchild says their proposed hours on Thursdays would 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.