Thanks for the info
You just have to play by dhec’s rules. Some of these guys that have been doing it for a while don’t want to have to modify their carts. I talked to a guy here a little while ago that is selling his cart because he runs 2 hot dog rest. and doesn’t have time for the cart. He did well with it and told me it seems like the guys that have perm. locations are not doing as well as the guys that move around some. That might be what is happening in your area.
If you are allowed to move around a bit, it might be worth it.
I haven’t purchased a cart yet and I am going through the dhec rules on their website. I also saw two people selling carts on craigslist with the permits and prime locations as well as commissaries all set up. Seems like people are getting out of it here, probably due to these new rules. I can not imagine someone giving up a spot on the USC campus like that. Definitely going to have to found out more but its not looking good so far.
However All American hot dogs sells the plexi coverings you mentioned.
I live in Charleston and also researching before I buy a cart and get into this. I have never heard of being assigned a spot. Might be a Columbia thing. If so, I would look at surrounding counties for doing business. I know our DHEC rules are strict and I just heard from a cart manufacturer in NC that they are in the process of changing the regs. and going to make things more difficult. I just found out that a cart in SC has to have the food prep area enclosed in plexiglass or something. Have you talked to DHEC yet about the cart requirements? Also, have you bought your cart yet? I saw a couple on craigslist in your area for sale. Good luck!
Would like to say hello and then ask an embarrassing newb question. First a little background so you know where I’m at. I am in the middle of researching all this out to find out if this is a worthwhile venture in this state and in my county. Checking on a few carts to see what I like and what will keep me in compliance. I can’t believe the rules on these carts when some of the restaurants here are so unsanitary. My 9to5 is pest control so I have seen it first hand.
Anyway I came across a recent post on the web by a local guy from Columbia who seemed to be saying that hot dog vendors are assigned a specific place to set up (not talking about the commissary) and are not able to move from spot to spot. Does this sound right? Is anyone familiar with this rule? It sounds kind of crippling to a hot dog vendor.
Newb from South Carolina
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