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Following the Fojol Bros.: The Newest Entry on DC’s Street-Cart Scene
Comments () | Published May 28, 2009
“We want this experience to be a supplement to people’s iPods,” says Vitarello, whose food cart blasts everything from obscure circus music to danceable rock by bands such as MGMT and Phoenix. “That’s what it’s about,” he says, nodding to a couple laughing and dancing down the sidewalk. “We choose where we go based on the spaces we like. It could be next to a park or a couple of benches. It’s about bringing the community together.”

Peter Korbel, a.k.a. Kipoto, who recently quit his day job—the other three Fojols still have theirs—says he relishes the ease and creative freedom of running a business with friends. “It was Justin’s idea, and now we’re all on board to help bounce ideas off each other and build this brand.”

Vitarello and his crew of traveling pranksters will stop by Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market on June 27 as part of a community event to celebrate the market’s reopening. In the future, they hope to venture into more neighborhoods, stop at a Nationals game, and host a block party on U Street.

“It’s funny,” says Will Carroll, a.k.a. Ababa Du, “people always come up to us and ask, ‘Where is Merlindia?’ We say, ‘It’s right here.’ ”


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