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Food truck rotations begin Thursday in city’s new pilot program downtown

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Food trucks will begin whetting appetites Thursday at three preordained downtown Las Vegas locations.

Through a city lottery conducted Monday, serving times and dedicated parking spaces were doled out to 16 participating food trucks. Their rotations begin Thursday.

The lottery system was created after the Las Vegas City Council decided in October that all food trucks must operate at least 150 feet away from existing brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Jace Radke, a city spokesman, said the pilot program would run from August to January. After the six-month trial period, the city will review the program and make any necessary improvements.

Food trucks will be allowed at three locations: at 100 Bonneville Ave., near the Bonneville Transportation Center; 1 Lewis Ave., behind City Hall; and in the 400 block of South Third Street, in front of the Regional Justice Center.

A1 Mobile Catering will be among the first food trucks to operate under the new system. Owner John Mergaretis said it was too early to tell whether the lottery system would be beneficial or detrimental for business but said he was willing to participate.

"It's worth a try, though. It might be well," Mergaretis said.

A complete calendar of food truck operating hours can be found on the city’s website.

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