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Bangor’s Pickering Square could be home to year-round food truck in 2015

Carter F. McCall | BDN
Carter F. McCall | BDN
View of Pickering Square and Community Connector bus near the parking deck on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor could have a food truck parked in Pickering Square sometime in 2015, according to city officials.

Caitlin Brooke, business development specialist and downtown coordinator for the city, said she was approached recently by a vendor interested in setting up a year-round food truck in the square, which is bordered by Merchants Plaza, Water Street and the parking garage.

City staff aren’t yet saying who the vendor is or what sort of food they’re interested in selling.

“We’d prefer not to say who or what, but it’s good,” Brooke said.

Brooke updated the Business and Economic Development Committee on the concept during a meeting Tuesday night. The committee directed her to draft policies mirroring those it placed on the Bangor Waterfront, in a parking lot two food truck vendors call home.

Those vendors, Pompeii Pizza and Wild Cow Creamery, operate under stipulations that require them to clear the way for events, leave the site each night and be open within certain hours during the day. The city also is home to Cielos Mexican Grill, which parks its truck in the Kmart lot on Hogan Road. Bangor also limits how many vendors can set up shop in an area.

Food and beverage sales have been allowed in the square in the past, but usually for single events rather than on a daily basis.

After city staff draft a Pickering Square food truck policy, it will come back to the city’s economic development committee, which would review the rules and decide whether the project should move forward.

Historically, Pickering Square was something of a hub for street vendors, with lunch carts and jewelry shacks and shoe-shine stations creating a sort of open-air market in the early 20th Century.

Follow Nick McCrea on Twitter @nmccrea213.


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