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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mission Hot Dog Vendor Finds That Going Legit Doesn't Pay

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

click to enlarge Lucero Muñoz Arellano and the illegal hot dog grill she sets up in front of her legal trailer. - GIL RIEGO JR.
  • Gil Riego Jr.
  • Lucero Muñoz Arellano and the illegal hot dog grill she sets up in front of her legal trailer.

Last spring, Mission bacon-wrapped hot dog seller Lucero Muñoz Arellano did what many food vendors who lack permits dream about ― she went legal.

click to enlarge Muñoz has returned to cooking outside on the street: "They didn't smell them." - GIL RIEGO JR.
  • Gil Riego Jr.
  • Muñoz has returned to cooking outside on the street: "They didn't smell them."

Muñoz got a shiny, quilted trailer and a sheaf of official paperwork, then took up again at the 24th Street BART station. One hitch: Her customers didn't want legal wieners from a trailer.

Lauren Smiley reports on Muñoz's hot dog dilemma in tomorrow's SF Weekly:

"They didn't smell them," [Muñoz] says [of her customers]. "It whets your appetite." Some days she'd earn only $40 ― far less than when she sold illegally.
Muñoz's solution was to bring back her old illegal cart and park it in front of her legal one, and it worked: Her sales shot back up. Read the full story at SFWeekly.com.

Photos by Gil Riego Jr.

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