Here is a true story about a couple who live in Oregon, working their hot dog cart, not taking government help, just trying to get through the ressesion.
Budd and Grae Lewis, 62 and 50 years old, wake up every morning and set up their hot dog cart out onto the streets of Portland, Oregon. Since they both lost their jobs in 2008 — his as an animator and hers as a semi-conductor designer for Intel — Budd says they can’t afford one of the fancy enclosed food trucks that would allow them to work in inclement weather, so on many nights they go home with nothing but a pile of rain-drenched buns.
“We’ve spent days and days like little kids sitting glumly at a lemonade stand watching the cars go by, in the rain, huddled under our trailer’s umbrella, trying to keep our hands warm over a little grill, Some days we’d sell two or three sandwiches. Some days it wasn’t as good.”
Lewis said the idea for his Japanese-fusion hot dog business, Domo Dogs, came from a successful Japanese hot dog stand the couple came across while Grae was pursuing a graduate degree in Canada.
When the couple could no longer afford Grae’s tuition on their dwindling savings, they moved back to the U.S., invested the last of their 401(k) money into a hot dog cart, plastered handmade signs onto it, paid for permits and pushed off into the streets. When Portland’s rainy season finally ended and the clouds broke around July 4 of this year, Lewis said, Domo Dogs finally started to take off.
“We’re getting pretty well known. If we had a place to set up permanently, they’d be lining up around the block.”
Lewis said he and his wife can’t afford a permanent “food pod” in Portland, which typically runs between $500 and $800 a month, so they often set up at craft fairs and holiday bazaars at schools, grange halls and churches. This month, they managed to earn about $3,000 from hot dog sales, but he said they are putting most of that money toward repairs on the trailer. In the meantime, they’re living for free in a friend’s guest bedroom, but they might be homeless soon since his friend’s house is in the process of foreclosure.
So if you make to Portland pay a visit to Domo Dogs and get a great hot dog and you will be helping out some real people.
In California? check out Bombdiggity Hot Dogs
thanks to Huffington post for this story