At first glance only one thing reminds us that we are in the present: the “.de” suffix at the end of the name of the Hotdog.de food truck. Otherwise: good old times. The endless range of choices that makes modern life so difficult has been reduced to the essentials here: four different variants of hot dogs. Only truly extravagant customers also order French fries or Currywurst. And it would seem perfectly normal if the cook behind the bar also called us “Honey” and talked about the moon landing on television.
The black and brown classic Mercedes-Benz L 319 presents a vision of America from the 1960s: A nostalgic sign announces “We are open” and the blackboard offers an honest selection of foods: Classic Dog, Cheese Dog, Hotter Dog, Big Dog.
“Naturally, the truck is an eye catcher,” says Christoph Kilz happily. He founded the catering company Hotdog.de Food GmbH in Leipzig in 2014. He also owns other food trucks. “However, the Mercedes-Benz L 319 is the heart of Hotdog.de. We have equipped it with a complete kitchen including an oven, cooling modules, bain marie and much more.” The food truck can serve up to 200 hotdogs per hour. Its mobility is a major advantage for the catering company: In addition to Leipzig and Berlin, the classic van also travels to many cities in eastern Germany – for a lunchtime snack or unique catering at private parties, markets and town festivals. A 30 minute set-up time, a 16 amp plug and a water connection are all that it needs to start the journey through time.
A second glance reveals that the truck not only revives the swinging 60s but is also very much a modern vehicle. Vegan mayonnaise is available upon request (a closely guarded secret of Hotdog.de). The coffee is available in modern to-go cups. The French fries are handmade from sweet potatoes purchased from local farmers throughout the region. Only the tasty sausage in a bun remains timeless. The perfect snack, then and now. And even today you can still talk about the moon landing.
The Mercedes-Benz L 319 is a classic van from 1966. It had three previous owners before it came to Hotdog.de in 2014.
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