Business

Booth of no return

"Since 1993, when the Lundgren Station booth was improved as a business venue, an array of entrepreneurs have hung out shingles and set up shop in its 15 or so square feet of work space. Most foundered, although several went on to thrive in new locations. Here's the scorecard:The Dog House (1993): The business that started it all, featuring hot dogs, nachos, funky-flavored juices, and other goodies. To some, a hearty afternoon snack; to others, little tubes of death. Legacy: Proprietor also owned Lundgren Station building; after selling hot dog business to espresso entrepreneur, sold property and retreated to Poulsbo.Bird's Nest Espresso (1993): Good, cheap java, always served with a smiling face. Attracted loyal clientele fed up with queues at Bainbridge Bakers; also became hangout for local stray dogs. Management parlayed family interest in ornithology into expanded line that included birdhouses and seed. Legacy: Proprietress now devoting time to motherhood.AM/PM Services At Bainbridge (1994): Spinoff of Port Orchard outfit, offering locksmith services and alarm systems. Legacy: Vexed passersby with use of At rather than On in business name; vanished without a trace.The Lunch Counter (1995): Sandwiches and hot lunch fare; proved to be one of booth's two success stories. Legacy: Family consolidated operations across street at Winslow Green; now known as Annie's Place.Chili Cosmo's (1997): Offered massively filling and popular burritos, accented with unique banana hot sauce and goofy orange drink. Outgrew booth space and little service window and relocated across street, behind Cafe Nola. Legacy: Business disappeared briefly during expansion, rebounded in big way with advent of indoor seating. Still offers best dang burritos west of the Pecos.Papi's at the Corner (1998): Gyros, kabobs and other Greek take-out; ample portions fortified Review staff throughout summer of '98. Legacy: Proprietor now slings hash at local diner.Mama Weeny's (summers, 1999-2000): Chicago-style barbecue, with porkchop sandwiches, hot dogs and related fare. Legacy: Name still elicits giggles. "

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