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"They're locked away right now," Denon Moore explained.

The two trucks, one nicknamed Clyde and the other named Clementine, are apparently personas non grata in the City of Denver says Moore and her husband Sean.

"We were hassled weekly by a city inspector and told us we weren't allowed to be parked downtown," Denon Moore said.

The Moores own and operate Park Hills Cake Crumbs, a bakery they started nearly four years ago. The Cupcake Trucks, they say, seemed like a normal extension of their business plan.

The couple says they went through the appropriate hoops to properly license the trucks early last year. Excise and licensing, they say, gave them the go-ahead.

"[They said] we would be fine as long as we weren't in a parking spot for more than four hours," Denon Moore said.

Then, late last year, Denver's Planning and Zoning Department reversed course.

"We just want to know what we can and can't do," Sean Moore said.

The mobile food industry is clearly a concept that is catching on in cities all over the country.

"The Food Network is running a food truck show," Denon Moore said. "It's all over the place. It's a big deal."

In Denver, in addition to the Cupcake Trucks, there is also, to name a few, the Biscuit Bus and the Stueben's Truck.

9NEWS contacted the owners of both and both said there remains a lot of confusion when it comes to the intent of city rules and regulations.

Planning and Zoning initially referred 9NEWS to a section in the Denver Revised Municipal Code that said selling food on downtown area streets was prohibited.

A spokesperson then referred us to Public Works which told 9NEWS that parking at a meter was prohibited downtown for food trucks unless the truck had a permit.

The Moores say they have been told that their trucks are not permitted on any public streets.

"I don't want to be breaking the law," Denon Moore said. "I just want to know what we can do."

It's likely there will be more discussion in the city within the next few weeks and months as to what exactly that might look like.

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