Town saves kid's hot dog stand

Published: Jul. 18, 2018 at 10:03 AM EDT
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A 13-year-old's summer hot dog stand is now officially permitted by the city of Minneapolis.

Jaequan Faulkner opened his hot dog stand earlier this summer in hopes of raising enough money to buy new school clothes.

"Mr. Faulkner's Old Fashioned Hot Dogs" received a lot of support after officers with "Bike Cops for Kids" encouraged people on Facebook to visit his stand.

However, Faulkner's business was not officially permitted. According to the city, all businesses that serve food to the public must pass city health inspections to get permitted.

According to Logan Ebeling, a health inspector with the city of Minneapolis, they received a complaint about his stand.

Word got around fast, including to the health department where someone made the complaint, and when some people learned the hot dog stand might shut down, they sprang into action.

Until that complaint was made last month, this is how Faulkner had been spending his summer...selling hot dogs and building a clientele... but someone noticed all of the attention and called the city.

Since the complaint, Jaequan says he's surprised to see his hot dog stand is growing and his clientele is increasing.

Instead of shutting it down, the city of Minneapolis stepped up to the challenge.

Local groups, such as appetite for change, pitched in the help.

Staff from the Minneapolis Health Department, the Minneapolis Promise Zone, and others helped Jaequan bring his stand up to meet health codes.

Some health department staff even chipped in to help pay for the $87 permit.

Jaequan's Old Fashioned Hot Dogs passed its inspection and is now open -- for the first time -- as a city-approved stand.

Jaequan hopes to buy a food cart for next summer.