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Council may expand mobile food vendor program

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati city council is looking at possibly expanding a pilot program for mobile food vendors.

Cafe de Wheels is one of 20 mobile food vendors part of a city council pilot program. So far, business has been good, but city council members are asking questions about expanding the program.

"There were no provisions for us to park, we weren't allowed to park on the street, we actually weren't allowed to be here at all," said Tom Acito with Cafe de Wheels.

Since the program was launched in June, mobile vendors have had a designated place to park and run a business.

"If an area's not working, you can seek out other ones, you can create events around where ever you are," said Acito.

But some city council members are concerned about the noise the vendors generators make. It's something council member Laure Quinlivan, who backs the program, says is not an issue and covered under the city's already standing noise ordinance.

"I don't want to create problems where we have none and I don't think it's something that is necessary," she said.

While the generator on a mobile restaurant does make noise, city council has not received any formal complaints from citizens or businesses.

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