Skip to comments.13-year-old entrepreneur told no hot dog sales
Posted on 07/26/2012 6:54:12 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
Nathan Duszynski, 13, decided he wanted a hot dog cart, so he could earn some money (to help his disabled parents). But as he was setting up shop Tuesday in the parking lot of Reliable Sports at River Avenue and 11th Street across the street from Holland City Hall a city of Holland zoning official shut him down. Now, after spending more than $2,500 to start up his business, Duszynski is throwing in the towel, his mom said.
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"Just taking orders"??
He must have made some odd comment about American families, and had a face set towards marrying someone of the OPPOSITE sex.
For another $10K they probably could have hired a connected lawyers that would have fixed the problem.
What is the secret to making a good hot dog?
I have eaten in many hole in the wall hot dog restaurants (usually run by Greeks) and got great hot dogs. I have bought them from carts and got great hot dogs. I have had them at ball games and got great hot dogs.
I will buy the best ones around here, (Nathans are the best with Hebrew National being a fairly close second). I buy the top name buns. I have tried every way imaginable, to cook them and also all kinds of toppings, condiments, chili etc.
I can make a hot dog which is good but never as good as those I buy at the previous mentioned places.
Just as well. After all, and in spite of the $2500, he really didn’t build that hot dog business.
It was not about “licensing” it was about “zoning”. And on top of that a dispute between the city and county over zoning.
It is like when you buy a hotdog at the convention center, and no one in the area is allowed to sell them to protect the center’s revenue.
In California there are hundreds of ice cream and hot dog, burrito etc trucks driven by illegal aliens with no kinds of license whatsoever sans insurance, inspections, etc., in the neighborhood barrios. Also many car trunk tamale sales go on outside churches on the streets after services on Sunday. Yet the local govt and cops etc just let them do it. Yet an Indonesian lady who wanted to sell catered food products out of her kitchen had to build an entire new wing with new industrial stove on her house and pass all the inspections.
This kind of crap has been going on in California since 1965 I can recall.
Exactly, he did not pay off the POLs. That is tho only way you “build a business” /sarcasm
The best hotdogs I’ve ever eaten were Ballpark’s All-beef bun-length hotdogs in Ballpark’s own brand buns, topped with yellow mustard, diced onion and sweet relish.
Nathan’s and Hebrew National hotdogs are too salty for my taste.
Glad I don’t live in a city. Glad I am a long way from CA.
That is very interesting and might explain why I always make a ham and cheese sandwich, put it in a baggie, in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, I take it out at least an hour or two before eating it so it warms up.
I do the same thing with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
It sounds like the kid was winging it with a “Wouldn’t it be cool?” dream. It’s hard to start a business that way.
Before investing money the kid should have invested some time putting together a business plan. His local library has plenty of books on starting a business, and each one shows how to produce a business plan. Business plans include doing research on local zoning laws.
If I were the kid’s dad, I would encourage him to keep trying. I would suggest that he talk to other hot dog vendors to get advice—something he also should have done before investing money. Hot dog vendors would have told him he has to check the zoning laws. They can also clue him in on the best type of locations, the best hours to operate, where to buy product, etc.
If you read the article, he talked to officials before he opened the business and received the appropriate permit.
The issue is a dispute between the County and the City as to zoning enforcement.
This is just stupid. Please see my tag line.
There used to be one of those hole in the wall hot dog places in Tulsa downtown. I think it was just called Coney Island. I worked out of the Federal Building and would eat there ever day I was in the office.
The customers were an odd lot. There would be what appeared to be skid row bums sitting beside what could have been top executives from the oil companies in their $1000 suits.
I actually tried to figure out how they made them. One thing is they were very slow grilled. They would put out the first batch on the grill around 8 in the morning and they would not be really ready until around 10:30. I watched a delivery and they were Swift brand wieners in plain white boxes. The buns were simply Bunny Bread buns.
I will say their onions were very mild and grated extremely fine. Probably the secret ingredient was their chili which was mild but tasty. In fact I don’t think it was really chili at all.
Of course everything was fresh. The cooks were all Greeks, some of them could not speak English except for the typical hot dog phrases.
You have to cook hot dogs until they bust open.
Put some chili on the bun first so it doesn’t run off.
Hot dogs are good but I prefer Pollock Johnny’s .
I will try that. I may not be able to get those type buns tho.
I have been seeing advertisements from Oscar Meyer for a premium wiener which they call New York style. I think I will give them a try. I generally don’t like Oscar Meyer but maybe this will be different.
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