Hot dog vendor relishes reprieve

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If Yuba City allows Paul Kaiser to serve his ball-park franks, business owners want a level playing field.

Some might say they got it, at least for now.

The Yuba City City Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to enter agreements for temporary vending permits for Fat Daddy’s Frankfurters and Fotine’s Simply Greek Cafe. The permit is for one year or until the council makes its final decision on mobile vending, which is expected to take 90 to 120 days.

The council also directed staff to move ahead with developing a long-term ruling on mobile vending.

After the council’s decision Tuesday night, Kaiser said he has mixed emotions. While relieved he can maintain his livelihood, he is still worried about what the City Council may eventually decide.

“We are very excited to see things are going to change — and hopefully for the better,” he said.

After the Plumas Lake resident opened his hot dog cart on Plumas Boulevard in June, Yuba City informed him he was in violation of the Central City Specific Plan and revoked his permit. He had received permission to operate under the city’s Municipal Code, which allows for mobile units by permission from the police department.

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Hot Dog Wars In Bethlehem, Pa.

The battle over the fate of hot dog vendors, and all street vendors, for that matter, goes before Bethlehem’s city council tonight.  A new ordinance could clear the way for them to do business, but only under certain conditions

>> REPORTER: The city solicitor’s office tells us that Mayor Callahan’s administration proposed this ordinance to bring order to the situation. After three food vendors popped up in Bethlehem over the past month, city leaders want to put parameters in place for the vendors to do business. 

>> REPORTER: Rainy weather is likely the reason why hot dog vendors stayed home this afternoon. This corner is where two vendors set up shop over a month ago, sparking debate over who can sell goods and where. 

>> REPORTER: Inside local businesses, merchants are debating the ordinance designed to regulate vendors in Bethlehem. Andy Po, owner of Homebase Skateshop, says it all on this t-shirt: he has no beef with the outdoor merchants. 

>> ANDY PO/OWNER, HOMEBASE SKATESHOP: “If that’s what the ordinance is trying to do, is make a fair business community, then I’m all for it.” 

>> ALISON LEIGH/ESKANDALO: ” I believe there should be a certain number of food carts allowed.” 

>> REPORTER: City leaders propose that 5 licenses should be awarded to the highest bidders. There would be 5 locations in the city for vendors to set up shop. 

>> ANTHONY SPAGNOLA/OWNER, SOTTO SANTI: “It’s all malarkey, it’s all not necessary, and you’re trying to set some kind of standard which is good, but again it’s going to who has the most money.” 

>> REPORTER: This controversy initially took shape over a month ago, when Edwin Padilla set up a hot dog stand at 4th and New streets in Bethlehem. He had a two week permit from the city to sell hot dogs, when it expired, he stayed put in his parking spot, paying fines when the meter ran out. Local merchants protested. And now, the city is stepping in. 

>> REPORTER: I spoke on the phone with David Grant, the second hot dog vendor to set up on the south side. He says he will continue to do business as the ordinance is debated. We reached out to Mr. Padilla’s lawyer, he didn’t return our call. Padilla, by the way, is recovering from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run car accident yesterday.

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Hot Dog Vendor Victim Of Hit And Run



Edwin Padilla a hot dog vendor in Bethlehem, Pa. was struck by a vehicle in front of the law office of Eric Dowdle  Monday afternoon between 3:00 and 3:30 said Padilla’s attorney Eric Dowdle.

Dowdle says he and Padilla had been meeting discussing Tuesday night’s Bethlehem City Council meeting, where council is scheduled to consider permitting vendor carts on city sidewalks.

Dowdle says Padilla left the office and was crossing the street when a maroon car, possibly a Ford, came through and struck Padilla, and then fled the scene.

Dowdle says Padilla suffered a leg injury and was taken to the hospital

Padilla had developed a following in Bethlehem for his secret hot dog sauce.

But the established eateries along 4th Street in Bethlehem are a bit less enthusiastic about Edwin’s presence.

Dozens of restaurant owners signed a petition given to the city basically saying that even if it’s legal, it’s simply not fair to let someone pull up a cart on a metered parking space and take their business.

And now, city officials are not allowing Edwin to renew his 10-day parking permit for the space.

“I got every permit that I needed. I got insurance, I got everything required by the city. They’re giving me a hard time; I don’t know what else to do,” Padilla said.

The City Council will hold a public meeting Tuesday night and the hot dog stand is on the agenda.

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Crashes

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The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile got itself into quite a pickle when it crashed into a Racine home Friday morning.

Neighbors say the Wienermobile took a wrong turn and ended up on the dead-end street, Kenilworth Avenue in Racine.

While trying to get turned around, the woman driving the hot dog on wheels accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake and lodged the Wienermobile under a house.

The Wienermobile was taken from the scene by tow truck.

The homeowner was recently dropped by her insurance company, and hopes Kraft Foods will cover the damage. However, the driver of the weinermobile did not leave any contact information.

The Legacy of Hot Dog Red Onion Sauce

N.Y. Stylee Hot Dog With Red Onion Sauce

N.Y. Style Hot Dog With Red Onion Sauce

The red onion sauce slathered on hot dogs in New York was the creation of Alan S. Geisler, who died January 6th of this year.

Sometimes a certain food becomes a trademark, or a part of life, that you forget that at one time, it wasn’t there. That is the case with the tangy red onion sauce that is smothered all over hot dogs in New York alongside sweet relish and sauerkraut. Life long New Yorkers may never realize that it’s something that is as native to the city as pizza.

Fifty years ago, hot dog vendors went through the time-consuming process of making their own onion sauce, but Mr. Geisler’s version made at the request of a hot dog and bun supplier who later became his partner superseded all of those. If you are slinging on the red onion sauce in New York, chances are the sauce was made by Sabrett, the company behind, Gray’s Papaya, Papaya King, Katz’s Delicatessen the legendary Dominick’s truck in Queens and the “dirty water dog” carts.

The sauce — which is made from vinegar, onion, tomato paste and other ingredients has had people and hot dog vendors all over trying to duplicate it and with displaced former New Yorkers trying to find it.

A food technologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Geisler first came up with the sauce at the request of Gregory Papalexis, who was a close family friend of the Greek immigrant founder of Papaya King, Gus Poulos. The onion sauce became a hit, and Mr. Geisler and Mr. Papalexis later went into business together at Tremont Foods, which after some mergers and various names (including House of Weenies), has been absorbed into Marathon Enterprises

Every city in the U.S. has their own style of hot dog from N.Y. with red onion sauce; Chicago has a variety of veggies and a poppy seed bun, to West Virginia and Texas who love to pile on the coleslaw. And in California its bacon wrap dogs.

So how do you like your hot dogs?

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Hot Dog Vending: America’s Dogged Pursuit

Well most people have read about it in the Wall Street Journal. Seems with the current economy people are spending their retirement or savings and jumping into the hot dog business. If this sounds like a great idea to you please read on.

If you are tired of the rat race or need a little extra income then maybe hot dog vending is a great idea or is it? There are quite a few web sites out there that will sell you complete plans on how to build your own cart and start your hot dog empire for as little as $50. And most of these guys have never been in the hot dog business! But as a hot dog guy myself I must warn you.

Before you jump in head first with starting your own hot dog business, please listen to someone who is in the business. It is not that easy, no it’s not rocket science but you need to check into a few things before you spend those fifty bucks or several thousand. Not all carts will pass your local health dept. What might pass in one state or county will not pass in another. Then you need to check into your local city, will they allow you to have a hot dog cart in that city? Your cart may pass the health dept. but if you can’t get a permit to operate in the city the permit is useless.

Ok so you have a cart that passes, you have a permit from the city, you have your insurance, and you have a commissary (a place to store your cart and prepare food). You still need 3 other items: Location Location and Location. Without a good location you could find yourself with your cart and no customers. Research the area you are thinking about and ask questions.

You know what else I see on the internet? Loads of “almost new” hot dog carts for sale. People who have gone all out bought the farm so to speak and found out that they could not operate a hot dog cart in their city. It is a great business; you work for yourself, make good money, and have fun! Just get all the info you can first.

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Emotional Hot Dog Vendor Pleads Case

Hot dogs were not on the menu Tuesday night, but they took up a good chunk of the Yuba City City Council’s meeting.

Paul and Natalie Kaiser, owners of Fat Daddy’s Frankfurters, and several residents and business owners addressed the council during public comment about the city’s laws about mobile food vendors.

Council members could not respond or take action because the topic was not on the agenda, but they will discuss the issue at the Aug. 4 meeting.

Yuba City informed the Kaisers earlier in June that their mobile hot dog cart violates the Central City Specific Plan and revoked their permit. They had received the permit to operate under the city’s Municipal Code, which allows for mobile units by permission from the police department.

While city staff investigates other cities’ laws and identifies possible options for Yuba City, Paul Kaiser said his life hangs in the balance.

“What am I going to do for four to six weeks? They’re not going to pay my mortgage,” he said. “It’s our livelihood. It’s how I care for my family.”

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To help out the Kaisers sign the petition

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Hot Dog Champ Wins His 3rd Title

Reigning champ Joey Chestnut   has logged his third consecutive win in Coney Island’s annual hot dog eating contest with a world-record 68 franks.

He defeated his archrival, six-time titleholder Takeru Kobayashi, in Saturday’s bout. Chestnut led throughout the contest.

Last year’s event initially ended in a tie, with Chestnut and Kobayashi both gobbling down 59 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Chestnut went on to win a dramatic five hot dog eat-off.

This year’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest was broadcast live on ESPN.

Our Hats off to Joey!

We all love hot dogs and this guy is a hot dog vendor’s best customer!


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