East Peoria talks possibility of allowing push carts in the Levee District

By Audrey Williams

East Peoria talks possibility of allowing push carts in the Levee District

February 19, 2013 Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 8:59 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- The East Peoria City Council is discussing the possibility of having food carts in the new downtown area.

Ty Livingston, Director of Planning and Community Development, said they are thinking about starting with six spaces in a public area along West Washington Street.

He said city officials continue to look at more opportunities that will draw people to the newly developed area.

"If you've watched movies, if you've looked at planning magazines, they show these food trucks that have very unique food, whether it be Korean BBQ or Indian food, or something that we really don't have much or any of in the area. That's the kind of thing we're envisioning," said Livingston.

The city has already been approached by several interested parties.

It is not clear when the Council could bring this item up for discussion, Livingston said it could be in the coming weeks or months. If approved, they hope to start sometime this spring.

Monday night East Peoria officials also increased the number of available liquor licenses, to make way for new businesses in the city's Levee District.

The city council unanimously approved an amendment allowing one additional Class B and one additional Class D liquor license. This changes the limit to 24 of each of those two classes within the city.

The two new licenses will go to Tequilas and Target. Both businesses are opening in a few weeks.

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