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Tag: I love hot dogs

Jan.
23rd

Mobile dining in the rainy season? You bet. Two new trucks are open for business

Fix your dog any way you want it with free condiments at Jay Dogs, a new cart on Center Street in Tacoma.
Fix your dog any way you want it with free condiments at Jay Dogs, a new cart on Center Street in Tacoma.

With the freezing fog and return of the rain (any minute?), I wondered if new mobile restaurant owners Nate Daep and Jay Gallinatti had  second thoughts about starting their outdoor-based food businesses at a time of year when few diners are saying, “Hey, let’s eat outside!”

“We were really concerned about that,” laughed Nate Daep, who opened Big Boys Filipino food truck with fiance Melanie Querubin in a neighborhood in Pacific that straddles the Pierce County side of the Pierce-King County line. Ultimately, economics decided the couple would open their al fresco truck. They couldn’t afford to be idle waiting for warmer weather.

For Jay Gallinatti, a first-time restaurant owner, a primary concern for starting an outdoor business during the rainy season was figuring out shelter. That’s why he’s weatherproofed – as much as one can during our sideways-blowing rain season – his Center Street hot dog cart he opened in Tacoma Nov. 1.

On a recent and sort-of-dry day, I visited both new mobile restaurants. Today, I’ll tell you about Jay Dogs. Tomorrow, check back for a report on Big Boys Filipino Food Truck. Read more »