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What Happened to the Vendor Revolution?
Have DC street carts moved beyond hot dogs and half-smokes? Barely.
One postmoratorium vendor, Marcus Lopez of Mo-Joe Coffee at 15th Street and Vermont Avenue, has figured it out for himself. Back in March, we predicted that his snazzy stainless-steel cart and full-service coffee menu would signal a wave of entrepreneurs going beyond the half-smoke. And although he still sets up at 7 AM every weekday, his java-and-Jamaican business is, sadly, just java for now. His father’s jerk-chicken wraps were popular with nearby Export-Import Bank employees, but because of health problems, his father can no longer produce the family recipe. Lopez is looking into selling savory pastries filled with diced meat, potato, and onions, which he recently saw all over Chicago. He’s confident they’d do well at lunchtime on his busy McPherson Square corner, and he plans to taste-test brands soon.
Our fingers are crossed that the city will give some method to this street-vendor madness. Until then, we’ll support “burrito man” John Rider and chug down Marcus Lopez’s cafe con leche.
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