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Dearborn Hot Dog Cart Removed From Westborn Mall Parking Lot

Why was Binky's Hot Dogs forced out of Westborn Mall?

Editor's note: An earlier version of this blog post by Bob DeSantis stated that the Red Olive at Westborn Mall was responsible for the removal of the foodcart. Reporting by Patch has found that the request came from the mall itself, so we have added this note and changed the record below. 

It has come to our attention that the Dearborn Hot Dog Cart has been removed from the Westborn Mall parking lot due to complaints.

The hot dog carts are a unique part of Dearborn, owned by Dearborn residents, selling products made in Dearborn and have been a great addition to our neighborhood for years. We always stop at the carts with our grandchildren or whenever we want a quick hot dog.

When we want a sit down meal we always visit our local restaurants. We hope that complaints are made to the mall owners.

Bob and Rita DeSantis

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JohnnyChristmas April 17, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Maybe they could set up a cart somewhere in downtown between 10p and 2a. They used to have those in downtown Windsor smack dab in the middle of the bars, and there would be lines of people waiting for a dog. I'll bet they'd do pretty well in downtown west Dearborn at that time of day too. Bar-goers want a little something, but don't always want to go out of their way for a meal at a restaurant.
Elizabeth April 17, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I enjoyed the the hot dog cart at the mall regularly. I will NEVER go into the Red Olive as long as I live. They are off my list and I've lived in Dearborn for over 40 years.
Olive Oyl April 18, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Not only am I going to never eat at the Red Olive again, I'm not going to even BUY any red olives. Just green and black ones from now on!
Bob DeSantis April 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
To Johnny Christmas, I originally heard about this from an employee in another store in the mall but before starting anything I contacted the owner of the hot dog carts to verify and was told at that time it was because of complaints by the Red Olive. I also called the Red Olive and got a very big song & dance, I then contacted the patch and asked them to investigate.
City of Dearborn April 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Just to clear things up, I'd like to step in and explain that it was originally believed–by both Patch and the owners of the hot dog cart–that the restaurant was responsible for the removal of the cart. It has come to our attention that this is not the case. According to the managerial staff of the Westborn Mall, the cart was removed at their insistence. Red Olive has denied any part in the decision, and said that they welcome the cart in the parking lot of the mall. In the interest of not creating any more ill will toward the Red Olive restaurant, the decision has been made to discontinue commenting on this blog post. Thanks for your interest in this issue! The cart can still be found in the parking lot by Aco Hardware, and will be participating in the Dearborn Farmers Market beginning May 25 as well.

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