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