Niagara Gazette

Lewiston

May 7, 2013

Food truck owner wants to roll into Lewiston

LEWISTON — Food on the go may be changing forever in the village.

Christian Willmott, owner of The Black Market Food Truck — and a Lewiston native — approached the Lewiston Village Board Monday in hopes of finding a way to bring his brand of convenience to the village in the future.

He sees the village as a perfect new market for his food truck, primarily because he and his contemporaries simply don't venture north to the Niagara County suburbs. He said the growing exposure Lewiston has been receiving recently make it potentially lucrative.

"Every year, it seems, Lewiston is becoming more and more a destination people are visiting," Willmott said. "It was recently named one of the best small towns for food."

Food trucks have become a chic aspect of society, with local attention focused on the reception they've received in the region's population hub in Buffalo. Franchises like Lloyd's Tacos, Roaming Buffalo and Willmott's Black Market have, in some opinions, developed innovative ways to deliver tastes otherwise not available in the area.

But backlash has come against them as some have questioned the food truck industry's business plans, how they could have a negative effect on the sustainability of brick and mortar establishments and even the sanitation issues surrounding cooking in a moving vehicle.

Willmott said the presence of food trucks shouldn't affect the business of the typical restaurants, though.

"I've used this argument before myself, but if I'm going to a restaurant and see a food truck along the way, I'm not going to say 'I'll eat at the food truck instead,'" he said.

Bringing a food truck to Lewiston, which has an established restaurant industry, could be either a blessing or a curse. It's unknown how the area would treat the visiting trucks.

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