New Georgia food truck law helps mobile eateries expand across counties


Augusta, GA (WJBF) – A new law in Georgia could help some food truck owners within CSRA and across the state to serve their customers without the hassle of paperwork.

Whether you’re grabbing a quick lunch or stopping in for an early dinner, food trucks bring food to where people are, whether at work or on the go. And Kothenia Mantey, owner of K’s Buffalo Wings, says she cooks exactly what her customers want.

“I serve the best buffalo wings in Augusta,” says Mantey. “We have the best baked potatoes. We have chicken tenders, French fries, and buffalo fries.”

And as of January 1, Manti can deliver Augusta-based wings and more to any of Georgia’s 159 counties. A new state law, House Bill 1443, could remove all of the medical department hassles she and other truck owners dealt with in the past, allowing her to move.

“We had to get permits and inspections in every county in which we did business,” said Tony Harrison, president of the Georgia Food Truck Association.

This change is meant to reduce frustration for Mantey and many other mobile restaurants.

She added, “You don’t have to go through all the hassles now when you’re ready to go out.”

The Food Truck Association of Georgia reports that most mobile eateries operate in multiple counties. That means, in some cases, you’ll be subject to up to 20 different permits and checks. Now there are things like statewide permits to make life easier.

“We now have a database that county health inspectors can access and search to make sure those trucks are county-licensed, inspected, and in good working order.”

It’s also a win for Slutty Vegan. The popular Atlanta-based vegan burger, fries and pie restaurant is currently on tour. And stop at Garden City, complete with long lines of excited customers down Fifth Avenue and Broad He Street, without any hassle.

“It also saves money. Obviously, we have the permits, the kiosks and the home base. We did it,” said Joi Alexander, Slutty Vegan’s National Director of Sales & Catering.

Tony Harrison of the Food Truck Association of Georgia said the new law has seen a significant increase in the number of food trucks opening. Locally, a customer may see K’s in other counties where he is.

“I always wanted to go to Atlanta and do some events,” Manti said.

And Slutty Vegan could bring more benefits to CSRA.

“Maybe. Maybe. Let’s see,” Alexander laughed.


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