For The Love of Hot Dogs
It was sheer serendipity that Loris Young ventured into the hot dog business. Her boyfriend Lenworth Rose was visiting the University Hospital of the West Indies last year and was so taken with the sight of a hot dog cart vendor that, after buying one to eat, an 'aha' moment struck him. Hurrying home, an excited Rose implored his girlfriend to have them press their entrepreneurial luck at the hot dog business.
Today, the ever-so-polite Young operates a hot dog cart stand at the Michi Super Centre along Washington Boulevard. Parked just outside the sliding doors of the plaza's flagship supermarket, Young tells Thursday Food she relocated to Michi from a previous location on Red Hills Road as business there proved slow.
"It's much better here," she says of the Michi location, conceding however, that "business for me is up and down."
On good days, the 42-year-old Young says she can sell upwards of 100 hot dogs, with Fridays and Saturdays, being the best sale days. The hot dog is served with relish, cheddar cheese, and/or mustard. Rental for the Jamaica Broilers-branded vending stands run $34,000 monthly, and she shares that she has visions of diversifying her product by adding more toppings such as bacon and vegetables. " I would like for it to go far and wide," the ambitious entrepreneur says, revealing that she also, is a fan of the product she sells. "Sometimes, I usually eat one for my dinner," she laughs.