Street Carts Mark One Year as City Hall Decides Fate

Magic Curry and the Creme Brulee celebrate a year on the streets of San Francisco.

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Magic Curry Man celebrated one year of being open for business on the streets of San Francisco.
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The park in front of the Mission Pool at 19th Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets was the spot street food enthusiasts gathered for the one-year anniversary of the Magic Curry Kart and the Creme Brulee Cart.
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Magic Curry Man smiled as he set up for his Kart's birthday party (a few days after his own birthday) while early birds signed up for a $6 cup of vegi or chicken curry.
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Magic Curry Man's brother, Creme Brulee Guy started selling his extremely popular desserts a few weeks after his brother in March of 2009.
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Creme Brulee Guy has had an ever expanding repertoire of flavors served in these little metal cups over the past year, with one of his newest creations, "Smores" making fans out of even non-lovers of creme brulee.
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A year ago Creme Brulee Guy was working as a carpenter, before hitting the streets. "The recession was really bad and we just needed some extra money and we also thought it was something fun to do but we didn't expect it to get as big as it is now."
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And big it is! This picture was taken about 10 minutes after opening, and a line immediately formed. For most of the night there was a line of people 40 deep that included some who'd driven in from as far as Castro Valley specifically for some fresh creme brulee served out of a cart. (This mural is one of the best in the city.)
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Carolyn Woo takes a picture for her facebook page of her and Lisa Hong's creme brulees. This was their first encounter with the Creme Brulee Cart and Woo went with coffee while Hong splashed out with smores.
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On the other side of the park, Magic Curry Man spoke to customers while lighting up some candles as the sun was setting to get things going.
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NBC Bay Area's Kimberly Tere and photographer Rafael Benitez covered the story for Saturday night's 11p.m. newscast. There is a meeting set to take place on March 8, 2010 at S.F. City Hall to decide the fate of the street carts. Here's their story:
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Adobohobo was also in the house for the anniversary party.
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The Adobohobo started selling food along side the cart brothers on August 1st, 2009. "So far its been a hit."
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The Adobohobo was selling their Chicken Adobo over rice, as well as their sisig tacos, which Jason Rotairo (right) says "are a lot of work so I usually just want to bring them out for special occasions."
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After getting some food, people took a seat to gobble the goods.
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Abraham Espiritu from the Lumpia Cart sends out a tweet to let his followers know what's what. The main way almost all of the street food vendors advertise their locations and keep people in the loop is through twitter.
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The Lumpia Cart started in late August 2009 with their first time open for business being in the very spot they were set up on Saturday night for the anniversary party. Espiritu serves up a sampling while Jon Clark (left) prepares some more.
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Lisette from the Evil Jerk Cart has been going for five months now.
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The first time I saw anything street cart related was when I saw Creme Brulee Guy walking through Dolores Park on April 20, 2009 with a sign advertising my favorite desert in the world. It was love at first sight...
As nightfall hit the park, fire dancers kept those eating or still in line entertained.
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As you can see, the line for the creme brulee was seemingly never-ending, but I was told that it only took about 20 minutes. to wait through.
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The fire dancers were part of a Burning Man theme camp that was also selling home made jello to help raise funds for their camp. Adrian (right) wore a hoodie that matched the jello flavor choices.
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Taking advantage of a captive audience, Paula Tejeda of Chile Lindo hit up the creme brulee cart line selling empanadas to the hungry masses. Tejeda has also been selling food on the street for a year, after having sold sandwiches on the streets in the 1990s.
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Magic Curry Kart's anniversary included the unveiling of some t-shirts and hoodies that may be made available soon to the public... stay tuned. (Thanks to Lenaya Pongan for modeling!)
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Creme Brulee Guy burning into the night...
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...while his brother, Magic Curry Man served up tasty chicken or vegi curry dishes to those in the know.
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Magic Curry Man said, "It's hard times in the economy and it gives people a hope that they could do something. Instead of sending thousands of resumes maybe they could just come up with their own idea and take it out and do it which I think is inspiring." Hopefully City Hall will think the same thing. We'll see...
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