Hot dog vendors booted from Lower Broad after neighbors complain
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
You can get a good hot dog on the streets of New York City, but it just plain tastes better from a street vendor on Lower Broadway in Nashville, with country music playing in the background.
However, most of those food vendors downtown have now been chased off.
"Everybody loves a good hot dog. We have a unique business," said vendor Bill Hall.
But that unique business is dwindling at Broadway and Second Avenue, where "no vending" signs now dot the landscape. Hot dog vendors are being forced to relocate to less-populated parts of Nashville.
City officials say business owners have been complaining about the mobile competition, so a 15-year-old ordinance is being enforced.
"The vendors all want to be where the people are, and all the people want to be down on Broadway," said Mark Macy, with Metro Public Works. "There's just not that many places in that stretch of Broadway that comply with the Metro Code."
Not everyone is pleased with the city's rules.
"I don't think it's right. I think it brings charm to downtown Nashville," said hot dog fan Linda Girby. "For people who are out on the street and just want to grab something quick, that's the thing to do. I think it's wrong and they ought to let them stay."
Hall's hot dog cart is parked in a private parking lot, so for now his business is safe. His brethren are not so lucky.
"I'm all for the little guy taking care of himself. Small business is what makes this country thrive," Hall said.
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