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New Haven food truck owners brave bitter cold temperatures

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New Haven food truck owner explains issues with running a food truck in the bitter cold. (WFS) New Haven food truck owner explains issues with running a food truck in the bitter cold. (WFS)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Not only is it tough to be outside in these freezing temps, but the bitter cold can also be bad for business especially if you’re running a food truck.
Fewer trucks were out on Long Wharf on Friday along with some of the lunch carts throughout town.

Because when it gets this cold, not only is it tough on the workers, but also on their bottom line.
Bundled up and braving the cold, they fire up their grills and turn on their steam tables. Food truck workers were not just to serve up lunch, but also in search of some heat.
"No matter how warm you get in here, your feet are still cold, your hands are cold handing the money out,” David Casner who runs The Red Box over by Yale's Ingalls Rink, said. “So it impacts you."

Casner said he brings a small heater and he isn't alone.

Over on Cedar Street by Yale New Haven Hospital, the folks in the food trucks do whatever they can to cut down on the cold, some even putting up tarps to cut down on the whipping wind.

"We have to do it,” Food truck owner Chatchai Lorsin said. “We have bills to pay, doesn't matter."

But when the temperature drops, so does the size of the crowd.

"Just a little bit of people, because when it’s cold, the people don't come as much,” Casner said.

Casner said on a typical day he could have 100 customers. The brutal cold can drop it to 30 or 35.  

"The sales go way down,” Casner said. “I'd rather it be raining and warmer.  Freezing cold, you don't get the sales."

But for most of these vendors, they said they wouldn't think about not setting up.

"Those 30 people rely on me and if I don't come every day,” Casner said.  “They're not going to rely on me. They'll go someplace else."

While up until now the winter's been pretty mild, after the past two days, many of those food trucks and carts, told Eyewitness News they are already looking forward to spring.

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