Denver Food Trucks Have More Than Tripled Since 2014 As Industry Continues To Boom Ahead Of Civic Center Eats’ 13th Season

By Joe Rubino
The Denver Post

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Civic Center Eats”, which brings a food-truck caravan downtown Denver three days a week, returns for a 13th season this week with an expanded rotation.

The Denver Post

The season of food trucks has arrived, and it does so at a time when the motor of the local industry is positively purring.

As of April 24, 594 food trucks were licensed with the city of Denver, officials said, more than triple the 158 trucks on record with the city in 2014. At least 270 trucks have applied for licenses in Denver every year since 2015.

There are many potential reasons these kitchens on wheels are rolling into the summer with such momentum. Denver’s population has grown by more than 100,000 people since 2010. And the city’s easy-to-navigate regulatory structure earned it the No. 2 spot on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s recent “Food Truck Nation” list of most industry-friendly cities.

Civic Center Eats, which brings a food-truck caravan downtown three days a week, returns for a 13th season this week with an expanded rotation. If that doesn’t work for you, hit just about any craft brewery in the metro area on a given night and you’ll find at least one.

For Jorge Dominguez, owner of last year’s Civic Center Eats sales champion, Arepas House, the most tantalizing thing about food trucking is the business model makes money and makes it fast.

“It’s so profitable as a business,” Dominguez said last week in advance of his third Civic Center Eats season. His Venezuelan fare will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays this year. “It’s a business that you don’t need a lot of money to start, but you recover your money so quick.”

Owners can get their trucks started for around $50,000 to $60,000, National Food Truck Association board member John Levy said in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce report.

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