MADAWASKA– Eric Carter, a teacher at Madawaska Elementary School, and Michael Gardiner, a Certified Nursing Assistant, were looking for a way to make a little extra money when they came up with the idea of starting CART-er Dogs, a mobile hot dog cart business. Now people in Madawaska have a new lunch option.
“It’s something fun, something new to bring to town,” said Gardiner.
CART-er Dogs, which opened officially on Saturday, June 16, will travel around Madawaska each week offering red and white hot dogs, and soft steamed buns. In addition to traditional fixings like ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions, CART-er Dogs also offers sauerkraut, bacon bits, cheese whiz, and their very own special sauce. To complete the meal, CART-er Dogs also has a selection of sodas, chips, and whoopie pies.
Because the cart is mobile, the Carter and Gardiner have devised a tentative schedule so that they can visit various parts of town on different days of the week. Their schedule, subject to change, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays in front of Twin Rivers, Tuesdays at the corner parking lot between McDonalds and Larry’s One Stop on Main Street, Wednesdays at Central Building Supply, Thursdays back at Twin Rivers, and Fridays back at the corner parking lot near McDonalds.
On Saturdays, the tentative schedule calls for CART-er Dogs to be at the Marden’s parking lot, but Carter said they want to keep their weekends flexible.
“If it’s nice, we might go up by Birch Point,” he said.
The cart will also make appearances at special events in town, like at the Thursday evening Music in the Park series, or at festival events like the Acadian Festival in August. Carter said they are even looking into appearing at baseball and softball games.
“The great thing about it is it’s mobile, it goes anywhere,” said Carter.
Gardiner said that they are off to a great start after their opening weekend. He said the townspeople have welcomed the fun addition to their available lunch choices. The initial reaction to the hot dog cart has been one of curiosity at the novelty.
“You see people turning their heads,” he said.
The duo plans to keep the cart operating into the fall as weather and schedule permits. Until then, Carter said hot dog connoisseurs can keep tabs on the carts location by visiting their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CARTerDogs.