It’s a business concept that’s been missing from the Sioux Falls scene for a while, but starting Friday the city will have a hot-dog cart vendor on the streets.
Comet Kamalo Buum, 35, is the owner of the Let Me Be Frank hot-dog stand opening Friday in Sioux Falls.
The 35-year-old is coming off a 16-year career in the optical industry.
“This little hotdog cart has been a pipe dream of mine for a long time,” Buum said, “And I thought I would get laughed and it’s been absolutely the opposite of that. Everybody’s been insanely supportive.”
Let Me Be Frank will be a traveling cart. Friday’s opening will be at lunchtime on 41st Street and Western Avenue, according to Buum. He’ll be downtown at times, too. Saturday will be his first night late-night service outside Wileys.
“For those weekend nights when you’re having a great time, and you need a late night meal, I’ll be there,” Buum said.
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He said he’s an avid cooking fan, but when it came down to deciding what to sell the answer was simple.
“I love the simplicity of the business concept. And it’s delicious,” Buum said. “Yes, they’re just hot dogs, but honestly, a really well made hot dog.”
The hot dog menu will include all-beef hot dogs in a steamed bun. American dogs, chili-cheese and Chicago-dogs are also on the menu. A kid’s menu will also be available serving smaller portions of food.
A South Dakota dog is also in the works that’ll include bison meat. Buum said for that item all the ingredients will be locally-sourced from around the state.
Ingredients for the hot dogs will be “high quality,” Buum said. He’ll have freshly shredded cheese, all-beef franks, and steamed buns.
“They’re massive. If you’ve never had a steamed bun — total game changer,” Buum said, “It’s like having it fresh out of the oven, the ingredients are all going to be high quality.”
He said he’s also developing a breakfast menu for the working-class to grab.
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“I want to be available and feed those people and give them their coffee and their energy drinks and a quality meal,” Buum said.
“I plan to be all around town as often as I can. In the most convenient places, whether that be busy intersections or dry areas where maybe you can’t find lunch anywhere else,” Buum said, “I’ll be vending at all major events.”
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