Hey gang, it’s the Chili Man here chiming in on the subject!
I watched as Woody’s was being built out, as I was only a step or two away from having a spot on the outside part of Latta Arcade (It’s George Hermans now). You employ a nice fella that delivers for you (who used to deliver for the Rainbow, I believe) and he has had and enjoyed my food. I, personally, hope like heck you do well. It’s a sad state of affairs when one biz gets so dang bent out of shape for another similiar opening up, hell, your not even all that close. Screw’em says I. Just get in there, make great dogs and sausage, and you’ll eventually take over your share of the hot dog pot of gold. There is more than enough folks uptown that we can each get our piece of the pie.
I will say that as for as us street doggers go, we all have a nice relationship and root for one another. Uptown Donny was a wealth of info for me when I started and I pass along the favor anytime a newby comes looking for help.
Though I try hard never to downgrade my doggie selling brethren, I actually agree with your assessment of many of the carts uptown and would not eat at several of them. Please stop by an introduce yourself. I am on the corner of 4th and Tryon, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday’s (weather permitting).