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Covington Council approves distilleries, food trucks despite opposition

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -

Covington city council voted Tuesday night to pass zoning ordinances that will allow micro-distilleries and mobile food vendors to operate inside the city limits.

The vote was unanimous.

Those in favor of allowing the food trucks say it will bring more foot traffic to the streets and spawn interest in other businesses.

"It will be a good thing for Covington," said Andy Juengling, city zoning specialist. "The intent is to get that foot traffic around. You know, get people on the street. Get people to see what's around."

Those opposed say the trucks will sell the same items that they base their restaurant business on and offer it at a lower cost.

"I would absolutely vote not to allow them to come in because its going to hurt the small guys like us," said Ryan Kassis, owner of Nick & Tony's Double Deckers on Scott Street. "I'm a lunch business only so when you've got a truck that's going to park in front of my store and is going to take orders and can sell stuff significantly cheaper because they have less overhead, how am I to survive?"

The new ordinances go into effect immediately.

Those interested in applying for permits can contact Andy at (859) 292-2163

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