Longtime Newark food cart vendor to call it quits

By Tom Lehman 5:56am, February 21, 2013 - Updated 9:29pm, February 21, 2013
WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.
During the last eight years, Bennie Dollard has been serving up hot dogs, sandwiches and cheesesteaks from a food cart parked on Main Street.

However, the street-side cook says he's calling it quits at the end of May.

"To coincide with graduation and then also before it gets too hot because June, July and August are killers," Dollard says.

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Dollard says he's looking to sell his cart and he's not sure if he'll continue working in the food industry. He cites the feeling of being burnt out as one reason why he thinks it's time to move on.

"I'm very grateful for the last eight years, of my customer base and everything, but it's time for a change," he says.

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Regular customers like Newark resident Mike Henry say they'll miss seeing Dollard on a regular basis.

"He's a good person to just get along with. Good food, good everything, good attitude," Henry says.

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University of Delaware student David Valentine says Dollard's flavorful food and signature sandwiches like "The Corona" kept him coming on a regular basis.

Valentine says he's glad he'll be graduating around the same time Dollard plans to stop operating the cart.

"Thank god I don't have to spend a year without Bennie, but he's on to bigger and better things so I'm happy for him," Henry says.

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But until the end of May, Dollard plans to keep on cooking for a customer base he says he'll miss seeing everyday.

"Over the last years I've developed...it's almost like a family friendship with all my customers," Dollard says.

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