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Something's Cooking On the River...Not Fish...Hotdogs

For many out of work, times have been tough, but one Elkhart man has decided to make the best of it.

He's started a unique business, a floating hot dog stand. WSBT's Clifton French reports, he's converted his pontoon into a drive-up.

"Everybody's always talked about, we need some type of concessions on the river but there's no restaurants, no place to get a soda or anything."

That's a problem Ron Simon's decided to tackle. His idea? Converting this 32-year-old pontoon boat (NATS) into a floating hotdog stand.

"This gives me the chance to play on the river for 5 hours a day Saturday and Sunday and actually make a living at it."

Something that's been tough for, Ron. As a stand-up comic, he says he's been out of steady work for the past 5 years.

"The wife and I sort of kicked it around and I liked the idea of the hotdog stand and being able to mingle with people one-on-one, and I thought it would be great material too, so we decided to give it a shot."

So far, he says business is starting to boom... This business has already made quite the splash...

"It's been amazing, people have come out, taken pictures."

"Two people, all they got is a kayak, and they brought their kayak out to buy a couple of dogs."

"With me, you just pull up beside the boat... 14-16 pull up, tie off and you're in and out in a few minutes."

Now, for this business, it's sink or float... But Ron's sure he can reel in some more customers.

"Very excited, very excited, I haven't been jazzed about something like this since I started my comedy career in 99."

Ron's runs on 14 miles of the Lower St. Joe on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 7 P-M. He serves hotdogs, drinks and candy, but NO beer! He just started this business on Memorial Day weekend... He's hoping with better weather through the summer it will continue to pick up.

During the week he sets up his car near a Wal-Mart.


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