The name speaks for itself with this food truck so it is not too hard to figure out the menu is hot dogs (and other encased meats) and fries, sometimes in fancy poutine form. The business launched summer of 2015 and has been seen at Land Grant Brewing and Four String Brewing with some frequency. We talked to the owners to learn a bit more about their concept.
1) Tell us about your team / the owners.
We are a husband and wife team that moved to Columbus in 2011.
2) What inspired you to get started and why hot dogs and fries as your mainstays?
Nate worked in kitchens for years but was discouraged that the only interaction with customers was when people weren’t happy with their food. He was looking for a more direct relationship with his customers and wanted to see people enjoying what they were eating. Our plan from the beginning was to team up with local bars and breweries and we designed our concept and menu around something we were both passionate about and paired well with Columbus’s local craft beers.
3) Your name is great, how did that come together?
We thought for weeks about something that would rhyme with “franks” or “dogs” and nothing was inspiring us. One night we were sitting in our living room with our two dogs and it came to Nate- we’re not cat people, we’re dog people. It was a perfect fit for us as business as well as who we are as people.
4) What has been your biggest good and bad surprise starting into the world of Mobile Food?
The best thing has been the public interactions. People have been very receptive and we have developed great relationships with regular customers and have loved receiving feedback and suggestions from our customers. There haven’t been any of what we would consider “bad surprises,” but of course there is a learning curve and working our way through the hiccups and glitches that come along with any new venture.
5) Anything new on the horizon for you – new menu items, winter menu, etc.
We’re happy with our base menu but are always looking for fun new specials. Our beer brat with local beer has been very popular! Our specials board is constantly evolving while we like to keep favorites around.
6) What is the best way for people to find you out and about?
We are on Twitter and Instagram as DogPeopleCbus, and Facebook as Dog People Franks & Frites.
7) What did you do pre-food truck?
Jenn is still a manager at Starbucks and is able to work that schedule around food truck events. Nate’s history is in kitchens and has also worked in marketing for several years.