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Food Truck Curfew Caused By Old Law

Like many cities, Indianapolis loves its food trucks. Unfortunately due to an old city ordinance, hungry patrons looking for a late-night bite are out of luck.

miami food truck

Photo: Larry (Flickr)

Late-night patrons line up at a Miami food truck. Indianapolis currently prohibits trucks from selling food between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Indianapolis food trucks are facing legal enforcement for serving after dark.

A 36-year-old city ordinance currently prohibits trucks selling food between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Other ordinances include where the trucks can park.

The ordinance’s wording includes references to loudspeaker music as well.

“When you read the entire ordinance, it’s basically governing ice cream trucks,” said Marc Lotter with the mayor’s office.

Mayor Greg Ballard has recognized the ordinances barring trucks are outdated, and has called on the City-County Council to update.

Indianapolis is home to 25 licensed food trucks serving everything from tacos and Asian cuisine to cheese steaks and burgers.

Read More:

  • Indy food truck operators hope city updates law (The Indianapolis Star)
  • Food trucks face fight with decades-old ordinance (WTHR)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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