Two stories from Maplewood this morning.
Last Saturday more than 70 backyard chicken farmers living in Maplewood, Richmond Heights and probably Clayton, flocked to Maplewood's Ryan Hummert Park of a Chicken Fest. The popularity of raising chickens in the backyard continues and events like this will only serve to egg more chicken fans on.
The Maplewood city council last night approved an ordinance allowing food trucks to operate within the city limits, although only in the Sunnen Business Park. The city has discussed food trucks in the past and at one time it appeared as though they would allow them in the commercial area with Target and Bed Bath and Beyond and PetsMart and Trader Joes, etc. But that fell through. By the beginning of November food trucks will begin serving in Sunnen. Sunnen Business park is bounded on the east by Big Bend and on the west by LaClede Station Road, it's where the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners has their office as well as a few other entities.
It's no secret that I like the idea of food trucks. They bring a sense of fun, generally good food and it's something different. However it's often very difficult for the operators to get permission to park and sell because brick and mortar restaurants don't want the competition. In any event they now have another St. Louis area place to go where there are no stand alone eateries.