Archive for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Town Talk: Food from a cart sparking interest downtown

April 13, 2010, 2:37 p.m. Updated April 13, 2010, 3:22 p.m.


Another idea for a late-night food vendor in downtown has come through the doors of City Hall.

This idea has wheels attached to it.

Two Lawrence entrepreneurs — Oscar Marino and Alejandro Lule — are seeking city approval to run a late-night food stand out of a mobile concession stand trailer. They hope to win approval to park the 16 foot by 8 foot concession trailer near Ninth and Massachusetts or 10th and Massachusetts from about 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.

City commissioners at their meeting this evening are expected to receive the request and forward it to staff members for a full report.

The idea comes on the heels of a pair of college students proposing to operate a late-night food cart near the corner of Sixth and New Hampshire streets to cater to the bar crowds.

Commissioners also are awaiting a staff report on that proposal. Staff members from the city clerk’s office said several people recently have inquired about selling food and beverages from vans, trucks or trailers in the downtown area. Currently, late-night street vendors are prohibited in downtown.


Keith 8 years ago

One sounded like an interesting idea, one on every corner, not so much.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

^whats the difference? During the day there are. Plus, you know a bunch of drunks are going to want food, all at the same time after the bars. One cart probably won't be enough and then the whole idea will be pointless anyway.

However, there is a question of security. The fast food joints already have enough problems. At least the cars would be out of the question though.

Graczyk 8 years ago

We had a bunch of those where I grew up. They usually served awesome, cheap grub.

mtorkzadeh 8 years ago

that would be an awesome addition to downtown Lawrence! with all the students and nightlife from the's what we need. Westport has a Jerusalem Cafe Cart!

ObiWan 8 years ago

Alejandro sells tamales and breakfast burritos at the farmer's market. Being able to get one of those tamales late at night sounds fantastic!

geekin_topekan 8 years ago

Topeka RoachCoach!! Best Mexi/burgers in town!! Taco el Pastor. Taco el Langua Plain ol' burger w/ jalapeños on top. E. Topeka sux anyway. Yes, come to 9th in Lawrence!!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years ago

Tamales?! I may have to become a bar drunk just to justify coming downtown to buy some good tamales.

gccs14r 8 years ago

Technicolor barf on the sidewalks. I'm sure downtown businesses will be thrilled.

gatekeeper 8 years ago

The idea of smaller food carts I think is great and they should encourage many of them offering different types of food. A parked 16' trailer seems a little large. Are they just going to block a lane of the street?

gccs14r 8 years ago

They'll probably set up in a metered space.

average 8 years ago

One option at 9th and Mass, if the city were to permit it (and it would be a naturally scarce franchise) would be to use the bus stop areas that aren't marked for overnight parking at present. KU on Wheels runs the SafeBus through, but other than that, the space would be available.

pizzapete 8 years ago

great idea, I imagine they will make a lot of money doing this.

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