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App helps you find food trucks

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you're on the hunt for a food truck, the "Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta" in Tampa Bay is a great place to go. These aren't your dad's food trucks.

"Throw away any misconceptions of a roach coach from back in the day. These trucks are gourmet. Most of the people that are cooking in these trucks are chefs," said Michael Lynch, a local food truck lover and co-founder of the mobile app Truckspotting.

Chef Maggie Loflin owns the food truck "Maggie on the Move." She's using the Truckspotting App to help her business.

"I love having the GPS in the truck. It comes on when I turn my generator on and people are able to locate me," she says.

The app is really catching on with food truck followers.

"It's very popular. We're all over Chicago and Atlanta and now, in Tampa, we're making really good inroads as well," Lynch explained.

Co-founder Michael Lynch showed us how it works.

"Once you hit it, it will give you a list of trucks that are in your vicinity," he said, pointing at his phone.

The cost for food trucks to rent the GPS devices is $25 a month. The app for customers is free.

"They say, I looked up and I saw you were a couple of blocks away, so I came by to get a bite to eat," Maggie said.

It's fan fuel for feeding the food truck frenzy.

"We're actually seeing stuff about it on Facebook, a lot of our Facebook followers like it. I think it's a great app," said Scott Brown, Owner of the "Dude and his Food" truck.

A lot of folks at the event knew nothing about the app, until they saw the flier for it. Christine Jackson, a food truck junkie, downloaded it in front of us and said, "I was really excited because I actually Googled the Tampa food trucks and I couldn't really find anything. So this is gonna be really helpful."

It's a great way for the folks who follow their favorite trucks to really follow them all around town.

"I think it's a fantastic idea," said a visitor from New Jersey, "That way you know where the food trucks are gonna be, you get to the food truck and you know, if you have a great product like these guys have, people will come to you."

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Download the app for Apple and Android users:
http://truckspotting.com/

 

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