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Portland’s Food Vendor Carts Inspire Economic Opportunity and Cultural Renaissance

Monday, March 6, 2017 17:43
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By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in American from Bangkok, Thailand with $70 in her pocket. After waitressing at five different restaurants — every day and night of the week for six years — she finally broke free in 2009 and purchased a food cart, in the hope that she could have her own slice of the American dream. Happily, it worked. She’s now the proud owner of two successful food cart businesses, plus a bricks-and-mortar commercial kitchen with 10 employees. She even bottles her own sauce.

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“I think it’s always good to support local business, mom-and-pop shops, or small businesses with different ideas. It’s beautiful to see people fight for a better future for themselves,” she told Yes! Magazine.

Nong is part of a growing trend of up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are embracing a bid for a better life — with none other than the humble food cart.


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