Schenectady Food Truck Runs into Graphics SNAFU

Schenectady Food Truck Runs into Graphics SNAFU

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SCHENECTADY, NY — Andrea Loguidice and Brandon Snooks were looking for a place to launch their business. They surveyed the landscape, weighed the options and decided on … (dramatic pause)

… Schenectady!

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Image from alloveralbany.com

They arrived last summer, relocating from Denver.

For Loguidice and Snooks, Schenectady has an appealing combination of factors. It’s relatively small and manageable. It’s near Loguidice’s family on Long Island, but also close to mountains and countryside. It’s a college town, of sorts.

And, perhaps most importantly, the city is a late arrival to the national food truck craze — and that’s the industry Loguidice and Snooks have joined. Maybe you’ve seen their truck, which carries the company’s memorable, if politically incorrect, name: Wandering Dago.

“We kind of like to have fun,” said Loguidice, noting that she and Snooks are both Italian. “And we hope our name shows that to our customers.”

OK, so this is a positive story, a sign of Schenectady’s ongoing renaissance. Yet Loguidice and Snooks haven’t had the smoothest of introductions to the Capital Region’s business scene. In fact, they’ve been entangled in a months-long dispute with Infamous Graphics, the Albany company they hired to design and install the exterior art for their food truck.

The facts of the dispute are hotly, um, disputed.

Let’s start with the Wandering Dago side of the story: Loguidice, 32, and Snooks, 36, contracted with Infamous Graphics in June, expecting the company would wrap the graphics on their truck by early July.

But weeks passed and passed without the $4,000 job being completed, leaving the couple worried work wouldn’t be finished by July 20, when Wandering Dago was scheduled to debut at the Schenectady Summer Night Festival.

Infamous Graphics made the deadline — sort of. The graphic wrap it installed covered just half the truck. Even worse, the covering was poorly installed, bubbling and peeling in places, and wasn’t the 3M-made material specified by the contract.

Loguidice and Snooks were none too happy. Yet when they returned the truck to Infamous Graphics after the festival, they received news that made them angrier: Infamous Graphics would no longer work on the truck, though it would keep the couple’s $2,000 deposit.

“They washed their hands of the project,” Loguidice said.

OK, so that’s the story according to Wandering Dago.

But Infamous Graphics has a different take.

Find the entire article by Chris Churchill at timesunion.com <here>