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Farmingdale approves food trucks operating on weekend nights

The owner of Hush Bistro, Marc Bynum, wants

The owner of Hush Bistro, Marc Bynum, wants to operate his food truck after hours on weekends in Farmingdale. This is the restaurant on Main Street on Jan. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The Farmingdale board of trustees on Monday approved changing the village code to allow food trucks to operate at night.

The code change requires approval by the Nassau County Planning Commission before it can take effect due to its potential impact on a county road. The board modified its original proposal after residents last month raised objections about litter, parking, safety, noise and late night partying during a hearing on the proposal.

The code change was sought by Marc Bynum, the owner of Hush Bistro on Main Street, who wants to operate his food truck on Friday and Saturday nights after his restaurant closes.

If approved by the county, owners of brick and mortar Farmingdale restaurants could obtain permits to operate food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. One change to the original proposal was to issue initial permits for three-month trial periods.

“Three months is sufficient time to see if it’s going to be problematic,” Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said in an interview Tuesday.

The food trucks would not be allowed to serve alcohol. The village board would designate areas where food trucks could operate but a last-minute amendment added by the board at the meeting would prohibit them from operating on Main Street.

Several residents had raised concerns about the parking and large vehicles jutting out into the narrow, two-lane street.

“I don’t mind not being on Main Street,” Bynum told the board. “I just don’t want to be by the train tracks.”

The tone of Monday’s hearing was largely supportive of the food trucks whereas at last month’s hearing most speakers opposed the change.

After trustees approved the code change, Bynum said, “the food wins out.”

Ekstrand said that having a “world class chef” being “able to operate a food truck in the village for late night dining is an asset for the village.”

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