Whad­dya know, gen-u-ine hot dawgs from a cart in Cromwell

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

Cromwell man An­drew Camp­bell is bring­ing a lit­tle bit of Amer­ica to Cromwell. He has set up his own road­side busi­ness – Andy’s Amer­i­can Style – sell­ing Amer­i­can hot­dogs com­plete with cheese, onions, chilli, mus­tard and the all im­por­tant frank­furter. The idea has been in the pipe­line for the past six years af­ter a Nel­son friend of his who used to be in the busi­ness con­vinced him to buy a wagon sim­i­lar to an au­then­tic New York hot­dog cart. Mr Camp­bell fi­nally took the plunge and gave up his mo­bile en­gi­neer­ing sup­plies busi­ness to sell hot­dogs. And so far, it’s been go­ing pretty well. He has been to a few lo­cal events where his hot­dogs have proved a hit and has just started sell­ing them from his wagon on McNulty Rd from Tues­day to Fri­day. ‘‘It’s some­thing dif­fer­ent. I’m not aware of them be­ing avail­able any­where else in Cromwell. As far as I know, I’m the only per­son in the South Is­land sell­ing them from the side of the road.’’ And af­ter do­ing lots of re­search – ‘‘I’m a bit ob­ses­sive about things’’ – and try­ing out hot­dogs at dif­fer­ent places around the coun­try, he has learnt a few tricks. For ex­am­ple, it’s vi­tally im­por­tant the bun is warm be­fore plac­ing the frank­furter in it, oth­er­wise the frank­furter will get cold and no-one wants that. ‘‘That’s how the au­then­tic Amer­i­can hot­dog is made. It’s not just a sausage wrapped in a bit of bread.’’

With mus­tard? Cromwell man An­drew Camp­bell has set up his own busi­ness sell­ing Amer­i­can hot­dogs. Photo: EmmaDawe 627951211

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