Garcia-Martinez said she felt the monthly permit process and fielding complaints in DeKalb taught her to ask the right questions as a food truck business owner. She said people still come to her, and that she continues to guide those who want to start their own trucks through the licensure process.
"But they're like, 'Is it true that we shouldn't even bother with DeKalb?' " Garcia-Martinez said. "I'm always going to tell them, 'Don't bother with DeKalb.'"
Garcia-Martinez said she loves the people of DeKalb and she knows she has a customer base, so she will always come back to the city for special events. But when people ask her to bring her business back to a DeKalb school or in the downtown area, she said she's bummed to tell them that, not only can she not bring the truck to DeKalb without the monthly permit, but she won't because it's not worth it to her.
"It just sucks," Garcia-Martinez said. "I hate to say it, but it sucks."
Garcia-Martinez said she will reconsider coming back to DeKalb on a more regular basis if the city reevaluates how it deals with its mobile food vendors.
"Change the code, change the fees," Garcia-Martinez said. "Work with us, you know? Don't work against us."