I don’t know how I missed it, probably because I already heard the news of Kealey’s business failing and didn’t bother to read the rest of the article, but according to this article (near the bottom) in Thisweek, Burnsville’s bankrupt City Councilmember, Dan Gustafson is looking to join the local food truck scene with his very own creation!
Following his filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection back in 2010, his debts were eventually cleared and he took up a job at a local freight company. However he soon decided that working for someone else (including Burnsville taxpayers) was not for him so he quit:
From the article:
“I think I’d worked for myself for so long, it was difficult to work for somebody else,” said Gustafson, who left that job last month. “So we’re going into our own business.”
He and his wife, Suzanne, plan to operate a food truck. Minneapolis, St. Paul, and various fairs and festivals are possible venues for the new business, Gustafson said.
“The food-truck business is one of those things in this country that’s really taking off,” said Gustafson, who in the early 1990s owned the Roxy Music Cafe at St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis. “It allows you to have a restaurant without investing in the brick and mortar, which helps keep your expenses down.”
So while Councilmember Gustafson is so very busy with his day job of researching what sort of food to serve, what venues to camp out at, and what rules and regulations must be followed he continues to bring in no income aside from his taxpayer funded council salary and they must rely on his wife’s salary from her part-time job at Costco.
No name was mentioned for the truck and with heavy-hitting competitors already lining the streets and festivals way in advance of Gustafon’s spring start, and being that Dan Gustafson is so busy with making the very difficult decisions regarding his new food truck venture I felt it imperative that we help him out as best we can. So I have decided that we should help name his upcoming food truck for him based on his award winning public service record!
Here’s a couple of quick ones I came up with:
- Goverment Cheese Curds!
Because my councilmember salary can’t afford anything better.
Because I’m starting over with a new chapter in my life and I already finished 7.
Five Finger Discount
I couldn’t pay employees at my other business so I’m letting you steal from me!
I’m sure you can do much better than I did so feel free to come up with your own and comment on below with the name of Dan’s new truck. Then, if you are so inclined, add a cute little motto to go along with it. If you need some inspiration click any of the links in the post or check out some other classics regarding Burnsville Councilmember Dan Gustafson’s stellar public service record here, here, and here.
If names don’t do it for you how about speaking to the likelihood that this truck will succeed knowing his failures with his own business, the Art And All That Jazz festival in Burnsville, his poor track record on the Burnsville City Council, etc? Do you think the downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul mentions as possible locations was a good one or do you believe that market is saturated? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts!