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Food truck putting down roots in Toronto

Warren Scott FILLING A NICHE — The Toronto Coalition for Revitalization has welcomed the Lost Dutchman’s Grub Hub as one of the city’s newest businesses. In addition to Coalition President George Komar, owners DeWayne “Dutch” Smith and Karen Bruno were joined by many supporters, including staff from Valley Converting who often frequent the food truck at its regular location across the street from the paper recycling plant on North Fourth Street.

TORONTO — Located across from a local paper recycling plant, the Lost Dutchman’s Grub Hub has filled a need for a quick place to grab lunch.

But as the food truck has continued to operate from the same spot, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., it’s drawn many other passersby with its assorted hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches.

“I’ve always wanted to do this,” said DeWayne “Dutch” Smith, who runs it with his girlfriend, Karen Bruno.

Smith is no stranger to Toronto, having moved there 25 years ago and operated a pizza shop and limousine service there as well as selling jewelry.

The food truck’s menu includes chili, kraut, bean and other hot dogs, including its own specialty, the cowboy dog. Topped with chili, cheese, onions, jalapenos and hot sauce, it’s sure to delight those with a taste for the very spicy, he said.

Lost Dutchman’s Grub Hub also offers grilled cheese sandwiches made with various cheeses and toppings.

Among them is a bacon and cheddar, American Philly with shaved beef and the chubaroni, which contains pepperoni, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and other toppings of the buyer’s choice.

Patrons can order a bag of chips and a cold drink to go with their dog or sandwich.

Smith expressed thanks to Mike Biasi, president of Valley Converting, for supporting his business. He noted Biasi has supplied his staff with gift certificates for the food truck at times as well as purchasing them for donation to various charities.

Smith said steady business from the recycling plant’s staff have kept the eatery going, but added word of it has spread to others.

“We get steady customers and people who just happen to find us,” he said.

George Komar, president of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, said Smith also has supported the community, making the lot in front of his building available for the Toronto Beautification Committee’s annual geranium sale.

While congratulating Smith on his success, Komar said it may surprise people both in and outside the city to hear there are at least 103 businesses in the Gem City.

While compiling a list of such enterprises for the coalition’s Facebook page, he said he’s been impressed by the variety of goods and services they provide.

Smith said he’s happy to be one of the many doing business there.

“Toronto has been good to us. It’s a nice little town,” he said.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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