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Cuyahoga County to Provide Downtown Site for Dim and Den Sum Food Truck

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Media contact:
Nicole Dailey Jones, 216-263-4602 or 216-338-0863; ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us
John Kohlstrand, 216-698-2099; jkohlstrand@cuyahogacounty.us


CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County has identified a location outside the county administration building for the Dim and Den Sum street food operation to conduct business on Friday, April 22, 2011 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Dim and Den Sum proprietor – and classically trained chef - Chris Hodgson had been working to identify downtown locations to sell his “Midwestern and southern comfort foods.” When Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald became aware of the difficulty, he offered to help.

“This is the kind of creative enterprise that we need in our community. When we saw that Chris was close to a solution but was experiencing some delays, we realized that we have a good location on our property for use by a food truck,” said FitzGerald.

The county is not charging a fee to use the space, and will consider the requests of other permitted food truck operators who want to use the same location during the lunch hour but do not currently have access to downtown city streets. The location is in a parking area just west of the county administration building, 1219 Ontario Street, which is directly across from the Justice Center.

Hodgson has also pledged to donate a portion of the operation’s proceeds to Sum Hope, a charity which supports job training for previously incarcerated individuals. “We really appreciate Cuyahoga County stepping up to help us. It’s great to know that they really get what we’re trying to do and see the value in supporting small and local businesses like us,” said Hodgson.