Decatur’s mobile food cart program application opens Monday, city officials say

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By Atlanta News First staff

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – Decatur is making it easier for entrepreneur chefs to grow their businesses. The city announced its opening applications for its mobile food cart program on Monday.

The mobile food cart program was launched in June 2023 and resulted in the selection of three vendors. One of them, Icing on the Cake, continues to operate on Decatur Square.

Now, Decatur is looking for more food cart operators to serve people working, shopping and living in the city’s business districts.

“We want to continue offering diverse food options for people in downtown Decatur and Oakhurst Village and provide more opportunities to small business owners interested in the food cart business,” Shirley Baylis, business development manager for the City of Decatur, said in a news release. “After all, we’re a foodie town, so why not support small culinary businesses looking to grow their footprint.”

On Sunday morning, Baylis spoke with Atlanta News First about the program’s second year.

Applications can be submitted online from Feb. 5 to the 29 and will be reviewed by the city during the first week of March. Approved vendors will be notified by mid-March and licensed to do business by April 1.

Baylis said up to about a dozen food carts can be approved, and the fee is $50 for a one-year license.

Food cart operators can set their hours within the following times: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

They can choose from several designated locations throughout the city to set up their carts.

For more information on the City of Decatur and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, visit

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