Winston-Salem, NC - Joaquin's Curb Cuisine had a long line of customers on Tuesday for a lunch sampling of their wide variety of tacos, but city regulations have proved to be a mountain for owner Patrick Helmick to climb.
Food trucks are not permitted to operate in downtown Winston-Salem or Greensboro, the only reason Joaquin's is able to operate is they are located in the private parking lot of Krankies coffee in downtown Winston-Salem.
Helmick says he has no problems with most of the regulations, but prohibiting trucks from downtowns is hampering their business, "Downtown is where the nucleus of potential customers is. We've already increased our employment by three people, and ideally somewhere down the road, we don't envision being McDonalds, but we certainly could see us having three or four trucks in Forsyth county," Helmick said.
Food trucks must also comply with all restaurant health regulations, including having running water in their trucks, and food trucks must be connected with a permanent, commercially approved kitchens.
Joaquin's is currently the only legal food truck operating in Forsyth county.
Owner Pat Helmick said he would welcome the competition, because it would help increase the visibility of food trucks, and the wide array of food offerings they can provide.
If you would like to check out Joaquin's tacos, they are open Tuesdays and Fridays outside Krankies coffee from 11 - 1 pm, Thursdays at Washington Perk from 5 -8 pm, and Fridays on 6th and Trade Street from 6 pm until close.