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Food Fight: Cleveland restaurants vs. food trucks

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A customer grabs a bite at a food truck in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO) A customer grabs a bite at a food truck in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

There's a food fight in downtown Cleveland and it's restaurants vs. food trucks.

The popularity of food trucks has some downtown restaurant owners scrambling to bring their customers back inside.

"We'd like people to notice that we [have] other opportunities here," said Lee Turano, a chef and operating partner at Tomaydo Tomahhdo. "We can do anything you'd like us to. We just want a fair shot."

The restaurant, located on East 9th Street, introduced a barbeque on Wednesday to attract the lunch crowds from the trucks--particularly, the Fired Up taco truck parked nearby.

The city of Cleveland mandates that a food truck may not park within 100 feet of an existing business. On Wednesday, the taco truck was exactly within the law when it parked near Tomaydo Tomahhdo.

"We measured it out," said John Kess, from Fired Up taco truck.

Turano said although downtown Cleveland is big, it feels crowded with the trucks so close to the business.

Tomaydo Tomahhdo general manager, Greg Harrison, points out that the food trucks have an advantage his restaurant doesn't:

"We can't move our restaurant. Our restaurant is here."

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