Concerns From Existing Business Owners About Proposed Food Truck Hub Being Voiced

Concerns are being raised about a proposal for a food truck hub along North Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato.

Tony Friesen with Friesen’s Family Bakery & Bistro addressed the Mankato City Council last night.  Friesen said that while he does think it’s a cool idea, it will negatively impact nearby brick and mortar food establishments.

Friesen says, as it is now, on the days when there is just one food truck across the street, his business is taking a drastic hit, with sales down as much as 60%.

The proposal from Dain Fisher for the food truck hub and entertainment area will be heard by the Mankato planning commission tomorrow (Wednesday 6/28).

The plan calls for the food trucks to operate from June to the end of October annually, and the space would include picnic tables and an entertainment area, consisting of a stage and a green space.  Restroom access would be in the neighboring building at 424 N. Riverfront Drive.

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