By Mark D. Stein | Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. —Mike Zocchi’s hot dog truck is open for business, and despite the fact that beach and baseball season has come and gone, Zocchi has no intention of closing.
A month ago, the Huguenot resident laid claim to Huguenot Avenue, near Arthur Kill Road, as his business location, a site where he’s served up hot dogs, chili dogs, coffee, soft drinks and soup to folks passing through the neighborhood.
“There’s a lot of traffic up and down Huguenot (Avenue),” said Zocchi. “A lot of people travel to work, to (the West Shore Expressway). I’m getting a lot of regulars now and people from the neighborhood, which is nice.”
Zocchi works out of a white truck he calls The Dog House. During his shift, which usually begins at 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m., the South Shore resident listens to 1010 WINS or WCBS-FM 101.1.
Although some food trucks disappear during the winter, Zocchi plans on sticking it out through the cold season. He’ll be serving up breakfast and lunch, including his homemade chicken soup, throughout the winter months. Meanwhile, he’s building his reputation for the summer.
“We’ll see what happens. If it builds up, I made get a grill on board for eggs and that stuff,” he said.
Zocchi initially set up shop in Brooklyn, but traffic and difficulty maneuvering the truck made him decide to work closer to home.
“I might as well try it out in my own neighborhood and see how I make out,” he said. “I like seeing the customers enjoying themselves with the food. Hot dogs, you can never beat them. Especially Sabrett.”
He previously managed a restaurant at the Salisbury Hotel in Manhattan. But Zocchi always wanted to own a restaurant. He figures this is the closest he’ll get to operating his own establishment.
Some time ago, he saw a white truck for sale online and figured it was his chance to give it a go.
“I enjoy it. You talk to people. You don’t have a boss over your head – that’s a big plus. I like working, being on the street, and just enjoying people,” he said.
Zocchi’s truck can also be booked for events. For more information, call, 347-977-6351.