A couple of weeks ago in another post, I told you about a small business man who had his hot dog cart stolen. I have an update:
Fred’s Franks was back at its usual spot along Route 303 on Wednesday, as Fred Martucci re-opened the business that had disappeared when his hot-dog trailer was stolen two weeks ago.
Police have not yet found the 10-foot-long, 7-foot-wide stainless steel trailer that once was his business, Martucci was able to open temporarily, using a pushcart, like what you see in NYC.
Donations from a couple touched by his misfortune which left Martucci, 54, of Emerson, N.J., with no income and no means to support his family. His situation was dire to the point that he borrowed money recently just to make his mortgage payment, he said last week.
After reports of the missing trailer appeared through out the internet this month, concerned people from as far away as Dallas called in with trailer spottings and offers to help Martucci get back on his feet.
“I was amazed and overwhelmed by the support of so many people calling in,” Martucci said. “They offered everything from pushcarts to building space.”.
Martucci said he received about a dozen offers from local residents willing to help but finally settled on an offer from Stephen and Tina Coutsourakis, a New Rochelle couple who distribute Sabrett hot-dog products in Westchester and Putnam counties through their company, Stina Provisions Inc.
Stephen Coutsourakis supplied Martucci with the pushcart, then contacted the Sabrett company, which agreed to provide hot dogs, buns and many of the other condiments needed to run a hot-dog stand.
“It wasn’t like his car got stolen. He lost his whole business,” Stephen Coutsourakis said. “I had the resources to do something, and that’s why I did it. I would hope that if it happened to me one day, someone would help me out.”
Martucci said he’s been in talks with his insurance company about filing a claim for the trailer, valued around $25,000, but was unsure of how long the process might take.
He said he would likely use the Coutsourakis family’s pushcart for two to four weeks. Martucci said he was excited to be back on the street. “It’s just really amazing,” he said. “This is my spot. This is where I want to be.”
Thanks to lohud.com for the info.