food carts

New Food Cart Joins the Flock in Downtown Peoria

Mar 22, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Just as spring buds are beginning to sprout, food carts are cropping up downtown for outdoor dining season. A new cart set up outside the courthouse Tuesday.  

Bernardo Ortiz isn’t new to the food business. He’s been selling homemade goods from his Mexican bakery, Panaderia Ortiz, for four years. He also worked in several restaurants before he moved to Peoria. But Ortiz says, he prefers being outside.

“It’s nice, you know, we feel free over here," Ortiz said. "And it's windy."


On Thursday, the City Council voted to lift a decades-old ban on food carts with an ordinance that allows vendors to get a license and sell legally the 50,000 meals a day they're now selling in violation of the ban. To operate legally, vendors must pay $350 for a license and pay sales taxes on what they sell.

Food carts could come to downtown East Peoria

Feb 19, 2013

  East Peoria is looking to allow food carts in its new downtown area this spring.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the idea is to boost more foot-traffic in the city’s new Levee District: East Peoria City Staff proposes allowing six food carts around the Civic Plaza area that includes the new library, meeting space and potential future city hall.