Cionczyk, founder and owner of Epic Hot Dogs, had moved to Arizona with intentions of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant to serve gourmet hot dogs and sausages.
Because it took a while to find a restaurant location, Cionczyk decided to start a food truck.
“When I first started, there were only about 30 food trucks,” he said. “It was really the beginning of the food-truck trend out here, and now, it’s more than doubled, and it’s still growing rapidly.”
Cionczyk, a Chicago native, noticed an opportunity in the hot-dog business and wanted to provide a menu with selections he had tasted during his travels across the U.S.
Owning a food truck allowed flexible hours, which made his business enjoyable, Cionczyk said.
After about a year and a half, he made the decision to sell the business and announced the news on the restaurant’s website and Facebook page.
“Business was doing fine,” he said. “It was more of a choice of what I wanted to be doing; I wanted to be back in Chicago.”
Epic Hot Dogs became a food truck that served customers not only in Phoenix but also in Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale and Peoria.
Throughout its journey, the food truck was present at multiple festivals and was awarded Best Valley Food Truck of 2012 by Arizona Foothills Magazine.
Customer Chris Arredondo said he’s devastated that he may never have an Epic hot dog again.
“I guess I took advantage of Epic Hot Dogs thinking they were going to be around forever and I can find them anywhere,” Arredondo said. “Then you realize, ‘Wow! I’m never going to able to have an Epic L.A. Street Dog again.’”
Alyssa Andrews had ordered Epic Hot Dogs for her company, Fairytale Brownies, during the summer and said her staff loved the hot dogs and wanted to go back for seconds.
“I’m sad they’re going out of business,” she said. Cionczyk is nice and Epic was different from any other hot-dog truck she had tried, Andrews said.
Epic Hot Dogs catered every Wednesday at Arredondo’s workplace, he said. He enjoyed the atmosphere of the fast-paced food truck.
“You can have 30 people behind you, and they would give you your food in a timely manner, and that’s what I liked,” Arredondo said.
The food truck offered 17 hot-dog selections and allowed customers to design their own hot dogs.
Although the owner satisfied a lot of hungry stomachs in the Valley, Cionczyk doesn’t plan to own a food truck when he moves back to Chicago.
Cionczyk is searching for the right buyer, he said. The truck itself is guaranteed to be sold, he said, no matter if Epic Hot Dogs is bought.
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