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Tony Salerno April 5, 2014 at 12:32 am
Truth be told... Salerno's Red Hots was the first hot dog vendor to operate in downtown Elmhurst.Read More My father Joseph and I began serving concessions in Berens Park during men's nightly softball games. We had an agreement with the park district. I believe that was in 1989. A year or two later we secured what may have been the first permit to operate a hot dog cart in Elmhurst's downtown area. As life long residents of Elmhurst we were excited to setup our hot dog cart in downtown. We were not well received by the brick and mortar businesses. On the very first day the police were called in several times. They frankly stopped and harassed us daily. They enforced the codes that required us to move continuously unless we were serving customers and we couldn't stop for more than 10 minutes nor could we be on the same side of a block more than twice in one day. We set up daily for roughly three weeks before we were run out of downtown. The downtown businesses were successful with the help of the Elmhurst police. We weren't able to establish a regular routine and presence. As residents of Elmhurst since 1964 we were shocked that a summer or two later a woman from Bensenville was able to set up a cart in the very same spot we were removed from. Rumor had it she was related to or had been connected to someone in the political scape of the City of Elmhurst. But, we'll never know the truth behind her 23 year run in Elmhurst's downtown... We moved on to Villa Park where my father "Joe the hot dog man" was welcomed and had a 17 year run before his passing in 2009. Hey, I wouldn't mind operating a cart this summer in downtown Elmhurst in honor of my dad. After what we were put through years ago, having any permanent location would be great. And that's the rest of the story...
Pamela Uslander April 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Hi, I wanted to take a moment to Thank You all for your kind words, FB likes, shares and petitionRead More signatures. Pam p.s. "News told, rumors heard, truth implied, facts buried." Toba Beta
Pamela Uslander April 5, 2014 at 01:12 pm
Petition is doing great! We have now hit 700 signatures. Thanks again.
Bob Peters January 10, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Just shoveled out the sewers on the street and corners. Don't know how much good it will do though.Read More Preparing to get water in the basement.
Come and meet Joanie Saturday at Elmhurst Animal Care Center. (Credit: Help Find Joan Facebook page)
Karen Clarke December 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Thank you, Patch, for sharing Joanie's story, and the joyful story of dozens of former strangersRead More coming together to help an animal in dire need, and to bring her to safety in time for Christmas in a safe, warm foster home. Magnificent Mutts Rescue remains ever grateful to all those strangers/now new friends, and to police in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and COD for their support and assistance.