Austin is Hitched

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In its 297.90 square miles,  Austin has over 1,600 mobile food businesses, up from only 648 in 2006.

On average,  food trailers, trucks and carts can be opened for $20,000 to $30,000. This is a relatively inexpensive venture in comparison to opening a traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant, which can be at least 10 times that amount.

The possibilities for hitching up in Austin are virtually endless for these mobile restaurants. You can find one walking down a sidewalk, parked next to you in a parking lot, in a designated mobile eatery or simply in front of someone’s house. But most mobile eatery owners seek a location with good traffic flow, preferably foot traffic since parking sometimes poses concern. But there are restrictions of course. For instance, they can’t be within 20 feet of a restaurant located inside of a building. For more restrictions call the city’s Right of Way Management Approval Network at (512) 974-7180.

Health Department

Click here for tips on how to open a food truck

FAQ about the City of Austin’s Mobile Food Establishment Ordinance


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