A local business woman might expand her food truck locations to a spot near Rodgers Tavern in Perryville.
Jessica Ewing, founder of "Say Cheese" Grilled Cheese Gourmet, explained to the mayor and board of commissioners Tuesday during a work session meeting, "A lot of my business has been from the schools," and now that school is out for the summer, she wants to try something else.
The food truck is often parked on Route 40 across from the Food Lion, also in Perryville, and American Home and Hardware in Elkton. Ewing said she pays a fee to use the spot near Food Lion.
Ewing said she may park her business near the tavern, which the town owns, one day a week or even three days a week, and it may vary every week.
"It would be from 11:30 [a.m.] to 2:30 [p.m.] for lunch and then I'm out of there," she said. Ewing added she keeps the truck at a local restaurant, so she would pack up everything at the end of the day, including any trash.
"I'm just trying to spread my wings," Ewing said.
Commissioner Barbara Brown, who has been involved with the project at Rodgers Tavern, said she was concerned with Ewing possibly running her business while people are doing things at the tavern.
Ewing said it could be as simple as the town notifying her that a particular time would be inconvenient for her to be there and she would go elsewhere. She added she posts on Facebook where she'll be parked that day for her customers.
"I'm not too worried about the clientele," she said.
"What if someone falls? Who's responsible?" Brown asked, referring to carrying insurance.
Ewing carries her own insurance for the business, she responded, in case something does happen and provides her policy wherever she works on another company's property.
Brown was also concerned with keeping a trash can available on the property, which Ewing would be responsible for, if she were to use town property.
"Absolutely," Ewing said. "No trash is left behind."
Commissioner Michael Dawson asked if Ewing had approached the owners of another property off of Broad Street near Roundhouse Drive, somewhat near the tavern, which he thought was owned by Fred Linkous. She had not, but was open to the idea.
Dawson asked Town Administrator Denise Breder if the town would charge Ewing a fee for running her business on town property.
It would be up to the mayor and commissioners to make that decision, Breder said, as the town doesn't get too many requests like this.
Earlier in the year, a different business owner had brought up the idea of leasing a concession stand at the town's boat launch. The gentleman, however, decided not to go through with the plan as it would cost more to run the business than he would potentially make in profit.
The town, Breder said, had agreed to charge that business owner $100 a month, and since Ewing said she was paying the same amount for a different location, suggested that "might be reasonable" as far as a fee.
The location Ewing was interested in "needs to be open for everybody" to run their business, Dawson said.
Ewing understood and suggested that people may even see her there and other businesses may want to join her.