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SOCO food trailers forced to move

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The lot at South Congress Avenue and Monroe Street East has become a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike. However, come Monday the choices to fulfill your taste buds in the area will drop by about a dozen.

For months food trailer operators on South Congress Avenue have known they would eventually have to move to make way for a new hotel to be constructed at their site.

The lot which is the site for about a dozen food trailers is the future home of a mid-rise hotel.

There have been efforts over the years to keep the food trailers on SOCO. There was even an online petition with more than 9300 signatures.

Supporters told FOX 7 they want south Austin to keep its identity, and they worry this is just the first of many steps to make this area look more commercial.

"I understand the need for growth, but I do think it's unfortunate that some of the charming aspects in particularly south Austin are disappearing," said Jedd Hebrink of Wimberley.

"I think it's unfortunate because this is kind of what I think of when I think of Austin, like this culture is just like walking around and food trucks. I miss that in Dallas because that's not so much there," Anum Dadwani of Carrollton.

As far the business operators, some of them know where they're going to move, but some say they have no idea what the future holds. They're encouraging food fans to follow them on Facebook.

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