A few weeks back, I gleefully reported that my favorite hot-dog man, Biker Jim Pittenger, had finally taken the plunge and was going to open a brick-and-mortar location in the Southlands development. He had a great location, he had some partners in the Waffle Brothers (with whom he's been working for quite some time), and he certainly had some great ideas -- including Fry Everything Friday.
But now that's off.
I got a call from Jim yesterday. "I've got two things to tell you," he said.
The first thing? That he'd just seen the red-band trailer for the new movie Zombieland and it looked awesome. And he's right, by the way. I mean, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and that mumbly Jesse Eisenberg as zombie killers? That's just nine different kinds of awesome.
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But the second thing he told me was that his plans for the restaurant at Southlands had fallen through, for a variety of complications ranging from licensing issues to the fact that the Waffle Brothers, apparently, had no money. The nut of it, though, is that I'm going to have to wait a little bit longer for Fry Anything Friday.
Which sucks, sure, but Jim isn't giving up. He told me that he was still actively looking for a space (and, incidentally, for some new partners and/or investors). In the meantime, his two hot-dog carts downtown are going strong -- and taking credit cards.
Now if he can just figure out a way to strap a deep-fat fryer to the side of one of those babies...