Joining us today are Steve Ewing and Danni Eickenhorst of Steve’s Hotdogs. Steve is a longtime musician and owner of Steve’s Hotdogs located in the Tower Grove East neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. Steve, the lead singer for The Urge, started his business as a hotdog cart in 2008 after realizing St. Louis lacked a place that served fun food
before and after live music shows. It didn’t take long for St.Louisans’ to realize that Steve’s culinary creativity was worth coming out for all on its own. The accolades and business growth soon followed.
In this episode:
Steve and Danni discuss their early journeys into entrepreneurship, Steve with The Urge and Danni in Freelance work.
Steve fills us in on how the concept of Steve’s Hotdogs came to be. He explains that while playing many of the Urge Shows, He noticed that there was a lack of food to be found outside the music venues – Steve’s Hot Dog cart was born. Steve says that entrepreneurially thinking to him means being creative, finding partnership and putting your ideas into play.
Steve talks about the challenges he faced while trying to get the proper permits and licenses to sell food within different municipalities.
Danni explains how their business relationship formed with Steve’s Hotdogs and talks about the importance of having the right team to make a business successful. Danni says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means always looking for new ways to serve people and to fulfill their needs.
Steve talks about the love that the community gave them when they announced that Steve’s Hotdogs had to close up shop. Danni tells us about how the local community rallied together in an effort to keep Steve’s Hotdogs a neighborhood staple.
Steve talks about the current momentum building around his business and talks a bit about what the future holds.