Well first, to Doggy. I didn’t make any mistakes. I think an authentic Sabrett cart could go over really well here. There is nothing than I hate worse is seeing a cart in downtown dallas selling short fat dogs from the grocery store.
Second, I am a native Texan.
Communities around DFW simply won’t allow street carts. There are only 9 permits granted to the downtown Dallas area and the waiting list is forever. Within 50 miles of where I live are communities that seem to adopt the “No trash” rule. That is to say they equate hot dog vendors with massage parlors.
When you talk to city councils, they claim that physical walk in restaurants pay taxes, have to pay for their buildings, parking etc and carts can get the same benefits without spending a dime. This is why most of them disallow them.
Anyway, if it should change around here, I just might buy a new cart and try it out.
Jeff – you’re absolutely right. A Sabrett cart would be a great addition to the local food culture. Just ask any New Yorker who has moved here.
Sabrett and Vienna Beef are the vast majority of my business. Do you know how many people LOVE the snap of a natural casing hot dog once they’ve tasted them? There are thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers (my wife is from Staten Island and YES, not only am I a native Texas, I’m a native Dallasite) and Midwesterners who pine for a taste of home. Give these smaller communities time to mature and develop their own personality and things will change.
I do have to laugh at the thought of B&Ms paying taxes. Um, so do I. And I can look at any city councilman and ask, “I’ve been in Frisco since before we had a grocery store. (1991 – pop 4000) How long have you been here? Brother, I’ve paid my fair share of taxes!!!![lol]