By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
The Lynn City Council voted this week to approve a change in the zoning ordinance, and for the first time allow food trucks to operate within the city limits.
The zoning change was initiated by the Building Department, after several city councilors reported getting calls from people who were interested in operating food trucks in the city. The proposed amendment had also been approved by the Planning Board, which is required to make a recommendation on zoning changes.
Among those supporting the zoning amendment was Swampscott resident and Lynn business owner Aaron Reames of Bent Water Brewing. Reames had previously said he would work with city officials to bring food trucks to the city, so that his patrons could have more food choices when visiting Bent Water.
Bent Water, the city’s first craft beer brewery, does not have a license to serve food and visitors to Bent Water currently have to order from a variety of take-out and delivery restaurants. Reames said he believes that having food trucks available to his customers will improve the choices for Bent Water customers and also improve foot traffic to the former Lynn Lumber site, where Bent Water is located.
Food trucks have become a common sight in larger urban metropolitan areas like Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and even Worcester and have built a loyal following among young urban foodies and the types of young professionals that Lynn is seeking to attract to the Downtown District and the waterfront.