Long Dick’s wins against NL Power, loses to the city

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Long Dick’s Sausage Emporium owner/operator Steve Smith serves customers at his location on Duckworth Street. — File photo
by Gary Hebbard/
The Telegram

Long Dick’s Sausage Emporium has a temporary stay of execution with Newfoundland Power, but the sausage-slinging food truck now has a beef with the city.

Steve Smith, owner of the food truck parked on Duckworth Street, complained earlier this year of a bureaucratic tangle with the electrical utility, due to conflicting instructions over how he gets power to his truck. After spending a few thousand dollars for a hookup based on instructions from a customer service representative from Newfoundland Power, said Smith, another Newfoundland Power official told him he’d need to set up a new hookup, at a cost of another estimated $4,000.

That battle has been won, Smith told the Telegram on Friday, since Newfoundland Power has agreed to pay the costs of the new hookup (although he noted it cost him $1,200 in legal fees and wrangling for that to happen).

He’s got a new fight now, though, with the city.

Looking for a more permanent location, Smith applied to city council to set up in the courtyard at the intersection of George and Queen streets downtown, but was turned down.

“It’s basically a neglected area right now,” said Smith. “I put together a proposal to the city that I’d put my rig on that courtyard. I would not impede access to the convention centre. I would create a European-style bistro environment, and I would look after all maintenance, power issues and everything else at that location.”

Smith said he thinks the city doesn’t want the hassle of setting a precedent by letting him operate on city property, but city spokeswoman Jennifer Mills said the reason is much simpler.

“The city currently has five approved vending spaces in the downtown area. Long Dick’s Sausage Emporium is currently in one of them,” she said, adding that the courtyard by the convention centre is not an approved location.

“The city is not entertaining allowing mobile vending on city property, particularly near the entrance to what is going to be our newly expanded convention centre. There’s going to be a great deal of work taking place there over the next few years, about $60 million worth of funding going into that facility, and there’s going to be a lot of construction there.”

Smith said since the courtyard application was turned down, he’s considering a different spot off New Gower Street. “It’s not that it’s a bad location. It’s just that it’s not as good a location.”

 

dmaceachern@thetelegram.com

Twitter: TelegramDaniel

Organizations: Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: New Gower Street

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  • Corner Boy
    August 28, 2012 - 09:56

    Is this person for real? NL Power gives into him and agrees to hook up power ,at their expense, and now he wants to relocate his food truck? Give this guy nothing! All he's done is complain since he started this business! It seems like it's everyone's fault but his.

    • John Davies
      November 01, 2012 - 18:05

      Businesses are run by grown ups. Listening to him makes you think you want to stab yourself in the eye. The name speaks volumes to what sort of child is at the helm.

    • John Lowell
      February 12, 2013 - 01:00

      Like I have said before this guy I suspect has a long history of excuses, whining, and nothing to show for his useless and finger pointing rhetoric. I am betting if someone did a little digging on this long dick...we would find a real knob.

  • parkert
    August 23, 2012 - 07:22

    I find the name offensive and perverse. He has shock value going for him, certainly. Not sure if the food is any good; to be honest, I would be embarrassed to line up for a feed of long dick's sausage.

  • David L. Russell
    August 22, 2012 - 11:25

    Never was an apostrophe more important.

  • Duffy
    August 19, 2012 - 16:00

    If you want assistance from the City of St. Johns or its Politicians - Good Luck!

  • Short Dick
    August 18, 2012 - 14:49

    More like the City does not want competition for the vendors (indirectly the City) at Mile One across the street selling hotdogs. Anyway, I think it sis a bad location to begin with. Except the Strip Clubs and Dooly's ther eis nothting there to attract business. At least, on Duckworth he has more foot traffic in the daytime. But, he probally knows better for his business. Good luck to him! The City allows mobile vendors all over George Street on City Property selling sausages and trucks on George selling fries. Why would he be any different?

  • John Smith
    August 18, 2012 - 11:38

    All NL power was trying to do was keep the public, and this dupe from electricution.

  • Ryan
    August 18, 2012 - 08:31

    Seems like a reasonable explanation from the city for once.