Meat & Eat

Food trucks lined up along W. 14th Avenue in Denver on Saturday March 20, 2021 for a "Meat & Eat" event near the Civic Center Park.

Food trucks will no longer be permitted in the Lower Downtown area because of safety concerns “for all who visit and work in the LoDo area,” Denver police announced last week.

A statement from police said they believe that having food trucks operate elsewhere will help “curb large gatherings” and “facilitate people leaving downtown” when the bars close for the night. These are the times when police see the most violence.

Police also said the decision to move the food trucks has been in the works since last year and it was not made because of the recent officer-involved shooting at 20th and Larimer streets.

“The department has been engaged with city partners for some time to find solutions to create a safer environment while being mindful of business operations,” the statement said. “This current move is for overall safety in that area and it was not prompted by the recent officer-involved shooting incident at 20th and Larimer Streets, though it renewed conversations about ways in which the city could enhance safety.”

By Wednesday evening, all food trucks had cleared out of LoDo. Steve Gardia of Denver said he liked ordering food from a food truck because it’s cheaper than eating at a restaurant. He was disappointed that the food trucks were gone.

“I don’t think that food trucks were the problem,” Gardia said while he waited to see a show at the Marquis Theater on Larimer. “If you have a watering hole, you can’t turn off the tap.”

Caleb Knut, a bouncer at the Marquis Theater, said he doesn’t think getting rid of the food trucks will help reduce violence downtown.

“The bad things I see happening around downtown don’t happen around the food trucks,” Knut said.

Police said they’ve responded quickly to issues when the bars close at 2 a.m. and that they have used a number of strategies to prevent crime downtown, including portable lighting, DUI patrols, limited street parking and increased presence of officers and patrol cars.

Denver Gazette reporter Carol McKinley contributed to this report.

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(3) comments

82nd Airborne

"A statement from police said they believe that having food trucks operate elsewhere will help “curb large gatherings” and “facilitate people leaving downtown” when the bars close for the night. These are the times when police see the most violence"

A. Enforce laws on the problematic few instead of punishing everyone.

B. Is this a complete ban, even in the daytime, people gotta eat!

C. See point A.

Lyle

So punish the food truck owners and the people who patronize them but let the scum criminals out of jail with a slap on the wrist. Yeah. That'll work.

Fastolds

Get rid of food trucks,but let scum hang around Union Pacific train station to bother people, smart move

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