Our hot dog cart is the “original” OB hot dog cart, the one that was at Winston’s for years and years. The cart was originally owned by OB Bob.
We got kicked out of that spot due to technicalities of private vs. public property, and have spent 9 months at a new location in the Rock Paper Scissors parking lot. We have built up a large group of customers, and have made that spot known for late night hot dogs and munchies.
OB Kanobe’s, the stand that was in front of Apple Tree, is owned by Bob Allen. He took advantage of the situation, and leased our successful new spot out from under us.
We did not originally get a notice that this was happening, and even though our lease has not ended, he has already built a new stand in our exact spot. We have prepaid rent, and our competitor is already in our spot! We were recently notified that we had the spot until the 28th of this month, but this is only the 8th and OB Kanobe’s has already set up shop.
We feel he is taking advantage of our situation, and many of our customers do not appreciate his way of doing business.
We were not even allowed to negotiate a new lease even though our landlord, Saad from Apple Tree, still owns the property.
Saad leased the Rock Paper Scissors building to Roger with OB Surf & Skate, and allowed Roger to sub-lease the parking lot to our direct competitor OB Kanobe’s.
Some of our customers have even made a Facebook detailing this situation.
Our hot dog cart has been owned and operated by two local citizens, who live in town and pay taxes, and we are getting run out by the “deep pockets” of OB big-shots and their business practices.
We have been searching for a different location, but are coming up empty-handed. This hot dog cart is how we pay to live here in this cool little town, but might lose everything because of these politics and the actions of the people allowing this to happen in OB.
Who knows, this might make an interesting story…. People might like to be informed.
Here is a link to the page some customers have created, there are already 29 fans without any promotion: OB-Hot-Dog-Cart