Vendor Wars: Cupcakes vs. Hot Dogs Outside Met

NYC authorizes cupcake vendor outside Met museum

Thursday, Apr 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:51 AM EDT
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Vendor Wars: Cupcakes vs. Hot Dogs Outside Met

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It's a cupcake counterattack in the vendor wars outside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Parks Department said Wednesday it had awarded a contract for a high-end cupcake concession outside the museum where hot dogs have ruled.

Under the proposed contract, Cake & Shake will pay the city more than $650,000 over five years. The company also plans to open a
cart at a Manhattan park.

The organic cupcakes will go on sale by June for $3. They have names like "Whatchamacallit'' and "Rich Guy.''

Last summer, competition forced a hot dog vendor from his spot outside the museum because he couldn't pay the city nearly $54,000 a month.

Cake & Shake co-owner Gina Ojile doesn't expect any problems, saying cupcakes don't really compete with hot dogs.

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