Well, it was tasty while it lasted, but Beacon’s only food truck will be offline again after this weekend, only a week since opening its windows for business at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. It appears that our fearless entrepreneurs may have been hoping for the best rather than dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s when they reported that things were 100% copacetic at that location. The park, owned by Scenic Hudson, is considered private property, so the truck is facing the same obstacle they have with their own lot at Schenck and Main, in that the city has no policy for food vending on private lots.
The city initially shut the operation down this morning, but will graciously allow The Beacon Bite food truck to open this weekend at Long Dock, so that they are not stuck with $2,000 worth of food inventory. Now would be a good time to get down to the kayak launch and give it a try. Hours are 12-7 Saturday and Sunday, or until the food runs out.
It appears that there may have been miscommunications or misunderstandings between the City and the owners of the business on several occasions. Because the City of Beacon has not dealt with food trucks in the recent past, the food truck fell between the cracks into nowhere land. And while this is understandably frustrating for a new business eager to start up, things will need to move through the proper channels, which takes time. Right now, that means waiting for the city to issue a Request For Proposal on food vending trucks at the waterfront, and also for a possible zoning change that would allow vending on private lots. Let’s hope D is the last letter of the alphabet we’ll need in this case.