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Kilgore could crack down on food vendors


POSTED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 6:12pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 9:41am

  Kilgore vendor Luis Rosa has been grillin' up hot dogs and other sandwiches for the past three years on the streets of Kilgore.

 He says he enjoys bringing a taste of the Big Apple to East Texas.

 " These hot dogs are the ones they serve in the streets in New York. I'm the only one that has these hot dogs in the neighborhood." 

The city of Kilgore is looking to implement tougher restrictions on food vendors because city officials are worried about the safety of food prepared and left in open air.  The city could soon require all mobile food vendors to have a brick and mortar facility.

Rosa ensures he knows what he's doing and food safety is his top priority.

 " I got a cooler which I keep my food cold. I got the other cooler in there..the foods supposed to be cold, I keep it at that temperature and I cook most of the things to order here."

Roderick Caldwell says he visits Rosa's hot dog stand every da and the fact that it's not in a building is the part he enjoys. 

"More convienence. You don't have to be in the drive thru for 30-40 minutes, and it's something new and fresh every day." 

 The city also has concerns about mobile vendors not having a spot for customers or employees to wash their hands, but Rosa says he has hand sanitizer and switches gloves between each customer. 

Mayor Spradlin says another issue with food vendors is how their taxes are regulated.

" Is it the city they live in? The city where their home is? Or where the trailer's located?"  

City officials say they're working to come to a solution as soon as they can.

Rosa says he's worried he can't afford to buy or rent a building.


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Just a post script. What this fellow sells is no different from turkey legs at First Monday.

The city officials aren't worried about citizens, they are bowing to pressure from restaurants. Leave this man alone and let him sell his food. We citizens are tired of this behavior from business owners and we can decide for ourselves whether the food is safe. We want people to work and when they do business officials try to shut them down with their regulations for "our own safety" wink,wink.

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