On Monday, a lottery was held for three special parking spots in downtown Las Vegas designated for food trucks.
The lottery system was created after the Las Vegas City Council mandated the trucks must stay at least 150 feet from brick and mortar eateries.
The spots will be used Monday through Friday, primarily during business hours. Those spaces were put to the test for the first time on Thursday.
The locations are Bonneville Avenue at Casino Center Boulevard, next to a Regional Transportation Center hub, Lewis Avenue and Main Street, behind City Hall, and Lewis Avenue and Third Street, in front of the Regional Justice Center.
Nineteen trucks, including Just Chill Snow Cones, will rotate through those spots over the next six months.
"What we wanted to do was participate in the lottery to give us a spot here and there, just to let people know that we're still around and they can get our snow cones on a regular basis," said Just Chill co-owner Dana Dewey.
The owners of some trucks, such as Slidin' Thru and Grouchy John's, didn't enter the lottery.
"You have to evaluate if it's going to be of any value to you to even do it, and I don't think the spots are of any value," said John Ynigues with Grouchy John's.
"We would definitely enter the lottery in the future, but just at the moment, it just wasn't the right time and wasn't the right placement for us," said Nate Grabel with Slidin' Thru.
The general manager of the Courthouse Bar and Grill, Shane Segal, likes what the city has done, but said the trucks haven't been a major issue for his business.
"There's things we offer that they don't offer," said Segal. "We have restrooms. We have air conditioning. You buy at a food truck in 110 degree weather, you're not too comfortable about eating outside."
Segal wants to continue building relations with the truck owners, and most truck owners feel the same way. However, some truck owners believe they could be provided better parking spots.
"I think a lot of people are looking at the East Fremont area. That's where all the vibe is. That's where all the businesses are going," said Ynigues.
For now, the lottery system is only a pilot program. The city will review it in January and make adjustments as needed.
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