Southern Methodist University

Restaurant operators are investing in meals on wheels

DALLAS In the not too distant past, many restaurant operators greeted the influx of food trucks with the warmth and esteem of villagers brandishing pitchforks.

Fearing poached sales and decrying unfair competition, brick-and-mortar operators worked with city officials in many places to pass laws governing everything from where food trucks could park to the hours they could operate.

Today, as more consumers dine on the run, a smattering of restaurant operators are moving past misgivings and investing in meals on wheels.

"It's another opportunity for us to bring our restaurant to a place where we don't have a brick-and-mortar (operation) nearby,"...