Investor to help sausage vendor get back in business

Daniel MacEachern
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Long Dick’s Sausage Emporium trailer sits in the city of St. John’s impound yard after it was towed from New Gower Street. — Telegram file photo

Sausage vendor Steve Smith’s food truck is still in impound, but a new investor has stepped in to help the businessman, who said he’s broke.

Smith’s mobile food truck — Long Dick’s Sausage Emporium — was towed from its New Gower Street location by the city last week, the latest chapter in a bureaucratic battle between Smith and city hall that dates back to before he opened for business in the spring.

“I have entered into a deal with a guy who wants to expand the merchandising end of this, recognizing that it’s a brand here. We were moving that way anyway, so he’s helping me out and is going to save my bacon,” said Smith Thursday.

“The city had us beat, no money left in the coffers, nowhere to turn, and then on top of that, (they) impound the vehicle.”

The unnamed investor will help Smith produce items like shirts and aprons, and the funding boost should help him get his truck operational again, he said.

“I’m well over two months in the hole with no revenue as a result of nothing else other than the city’s interference,” he said.

City officials say Smith’s truck was towed because he refused to move it to allow for snowclearing.

Smith says he couldn’t do it without help after city plows boxed his truck in with a ridge of snow that froze into ice.

Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and David Blackmore, the city’s director of building and property management, said the heavy January snowfall didn’t prevent downtown’s other food trucks from making way

for plows, and that, far from interfering with Smith, the city has spent more time working with Smith to help him than business owners typically get.

Smith said Thursday he’s still moving ahead with legal action against the city, but without an investor coming forward, he would have been long out of business before any kind of settlement or decision would be reached.

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Geographic location: New Gower Street

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  • seanoairborne
    February 05, 2013 - 14:44

    "Long Dick's Sausage"I love it......only a Newf with a great sense of humor, and greater marketing skills, could come up with a title like that.This guys business is only going to get better after all is said and done,I assure you! I ,for one, wish him nothing but success! Hang in there Buddy!Good Luck!!Take no prisoners!!

  • John Lowell
    January 30, 2013 - 09:54

    He blames everyone and anything rather than being accountable and hard working. Publicity hounds are just that, schemers that spin their wheels asking for hand outs from anywhere, but have a teflon approach to their own acts. Try laying low, abstaining from sitting on the internet, and put your energy towards work, which seems to be what others starting a business have to do every second of every day. From what I have read, you have far too much time on your hands laddy. What would be interesting is to see some proof of what you have ever done in the past that has lasted. I'm betting not a lot, rather than holding others accountable to your needs, what have you ever been held accountable to?

  • Uncle Ned
    January 26, 2013 - 12:18

    I agree with owner Steve. So typical of Newfie's wishing someone a down fall. Because if your not down on your luck here in Newfoundland, nobody wants anything to do with ya. Steve I if you we're on welfare you would get more support, that's the Newfie way and then whine to the mainland for support payments. Have not Newfoundland as always.

  • paul miles
    January 26, 2013 - 07:46

    Long may your long dick go

  • RJ
    January 26, 2013 - 01:30

    I think he should open a 2nd street meat trailer "Beaver tails" !

  • Whaddaya At ?
    January 25, 2013 - 11:52

    People crapping all over this sausage vendor remind me of the NL lobsters that kept hauling one of their own back into the crate every time it tried to escape. The person who intends to help the sausage vendor get back in business is a shrewd investor. Jeff Dunham, a U.S. entertainer, had two sold out shows at Mile One in January, and he takes his shows world wide. He showed huge photos of the sausage vendor's trailer several times, said he's never seen anything like it, and intends to use it in his future shows. Like the investor, he's smart enough to know a good thing when he sees it. Contrary to what many people say, Mr. Smith, the sausage vendor, is going to do very well.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    January 25, 2013 - 10:47

    The master media manipulator has struck again. This guy should definitely run for politics. Just how much mileage can one person get out of a snow clearing ticket anyways?

  • size matter
    January 25, 2013 - 10:42

    If this guy can't make a go of it with all the free publicity he gets,he must have gotten shortchanged in the brain department. People would sell their soul for that much free advertising.

  • Tim
    January 25, 2013 - 10:18

    So I don't suppose that the "embattled" Mr. Smith isn't saving money by not being parked along the side of the street during the time of year when business would be down anyways due to the weather? Just a theory....

    • Long Dick's Sausage
      January 25, 2013 - 13:04

      No in fact that's the issue you have to pay your full years lease for the spot up front. In addition to the power system is costing about $9,000 which isn't required by by-law or electrical code. I appreciate anyone with a comment or opinion but you should be informed if you are going to comment. Just an opinion. I mentioned that we were 2 months in the hole. This isn't becasuse it wasn't a good business it's because the city has prevented us from opening. I can't believe some people are content to let municipal government have so much uncontested power in this town.

  • Happily Retired
    January 25, 2013 - 09:54

    So much for encouraging entrepreneurship. Why are we so quick to cut each other off at the knees? Maybe if Sobeys or Loblaws wanted to do something like this we'd grant them a piece of real estate and take care of it for them.

  • JL
    January 25, 2013 - 09:05

    A good portrayal here of NL'ers not supporting their fellow people in terms of business. If there was a food truck under a franchise or run by someone 'from away' parked right beside this truck, people here would be all over it. Sad but true. Heaven forbid we ever support our own people.

    • Jon
      January 25, 2013 - 09:54

      Spot on. I can't belive people on here wishing for his demise. These people must lead pretty sad lives.

  • Mary
    January 25, 2013 - 08:54

    The city should realize how much this food venue is a tourist attraction downtown. I have seen cruise ship tourists clicking off the photos while visiting our great city. An entertainer from California who recently had 2 shows @ Mile One made it part of his show. He hinted it's a gig he'll use on his tours. At least give the guy a break to get on with his little business with conditions for complying with downtown city laws. Business have to clear sidewalks for patrons and if he cleared the snow as soon as it fell, he could easily move the trailer for snow clearing. The city does have a point also.

  • david
    January 25, 2013 - 08:45

    Newfoundland business: The obscene politcial corruption going on with offshore oil, and two gits struggle to re-open a hot dog truck in February. The juxtaposition of this stuff is so uummmm....educational, that's the word..... if anyone bothered to notice.

  • John Smith
    January 25, 2013 - 08:17

    I would advise run, don't walk as fast as you can away from this guy...

  • East ender
    January 25, 2013 - 07:42

    2 months in the hole,sounds like to me that his business is just not making a go of it.That happens some people make it others don,t I can,t believe that this is only source of income nobody can make a living just with a food truck.You know I also live downtown I do not get special treatment as how or where I can park my car.I certainly don,t agree with a lot of city actions but this one I do,streets had to be cleared you were given enough notice to remove your truck,stop blaming the city look for another profession get over it your business just did,nt take of.

    • Long Dick's Sausage
      January 25, 2013 - 13:33

      Just to be clear my business was doing exceptionally well until the city interferred and will do well again. As for not being able to make a living on just a food truck maybe you should tell the thousands of gourmet truck operaters all over the US and Canada that it isn't possible. As for special treatment that's my whole point I just want to be able to operate like anyother business. It's also not about moving the truck to allow them to plow it's about the fact that after the snow storm it took 8 days for them to clear it. I lease the space from the city for the purpose of doing this business there. They have forced me to install a power system that cost $9,000 for something that should have cost $1500. Now I have to lose 8 to 9 days of operation waiting for them to clear the street. I am now paying a guy to keep the space in front and behind me and all around me clear.

  • Sick of this dimwit
    January 25, 2013 - 07:10

    This guy should name rename his business ''Big Dick'' He's earned it..

    • John
      December 09, 2013 - 18:25

      Well, seems poetic justice had its way. What a total embarrassment this tool was. Long Dick's Melodrama, if the doors were ever open that is except to whine.