Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Tampa International Airport says hello to food trucks and goodbye to curbside parking

Tampa International Airport is saying goodbye to curbside parking and hello to food trucks.

Starting today, drivers will no longer be allowed to idle in the red and blue arrival lanes waiting to pick somebody up. If their passenger isn't right there on the sidewalk, officials will tell drivers to keep going, circle around and try again.

Instead, airport officials are encouraging drivers to use the short-term parking garage, which is free up to an hour, or the free cell phone parking lot, which has bathrooms and Wi-Fi. Now the cell phone lot has food trucks as well.

Also starting this week, the airport will allow one or two food trucks to park at the airport's cell phone waiting lot Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the next 30 days, drivers can grab a bite to eat, use the Wi-Fi and check the giant displays in the parking lot to see when their flight arrives.

This week's food truck lineup is:

Wednesday

Just Smokin BBQ (brisket, chicken and ribs) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mobile Munchiez (rice balls, stuffed potatoes, and sandwiches) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Thursday

Burger Culture from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fat Tortillas (burritos, tacos, chips and quesadillas) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday

Nico's (Latin American cuisine including arepas and cachapas) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dude and His Food (burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and soups) from 3 to 6 p.m.

The airport cautions that trucks are subject to change based on availability and may operate longer hours.

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