A new trend is developing in the La Crosse area.
You may have noticed a growing number of food trucks
lately ... whether it's downtown or at area farmer's
Since they're mobile ... the trucks can set up shop
in locations that see a lot of foot traffic ... making
them a convenient option during the lunch hour rush.
But since they aren't traditional brick-and-mortar
restaurants ... some people may worry about the cleanliness
of the trucks.
County health officials say not only do the food
trucks have to follow the same regulations and laws
as regular restaurants ... but there are other rules
they also have to follow.
"They also need a mobile base to operate from and
that's a place where they would store equipment, food
possibly do equipment washing ... So each mobile unit
has to go back to its base."
One of the newest mobile restaurants in La Crosse
is the Apothik (uh-poth-ick) Food Truck ... on the
corner of Third and Main Streets downtown.
They say a close eye is kept on all of their equipment.
"They did come out here and they do a full scale review,
make sure everything works, coolers and freezers are
at the temp that they need to be, that the hot water
gets to where it needs to be, everything that you
would espect in a regular resturant absoulety happens
in the truck, it just happens to be on wheels."
According to the county health department ... there
are 15 registered food trucks in La Crosse County.