SARASOTA SPRINGS, NY – The Schenectady-based Wandering Dago food truck, which had a contract to operate at Saratoga Race Course this season, was told to leave the track after opening day on Friday because an unnamed state official found the name offensive, according to the truck’s co-owner Brandon Snooks.
“We got the boot,” Snooks said Saturday.
He and co-owner Andrea Loguidice were told Saturday to remove the truck from the property or it would be towed, Loguidice said. Wandering Dago’s contract requires a 30-day written notice of cancellation, Snooks said. No concerns over the name were raised during six months of negotiations with the New York Racing Association, which manages the track, and Centerplate, which supervises food service there, Loguidice said.
A Centerplate news release distributed on Thursday mentioned Wandering Dago at the top of a list of nine food options at the track, calling it “one of the country’s top barbecue fusion trucks.”
“We received several complaints” on Friday, said NYRA spokesman Eric Wing. “Once we received complaints, we took immediate action on behalf of our customers,” Wing said.
“We had to turn down several weddings and a few festivals to make this commitment to the racetrack,” Snooks said.
Wing said Centerplate will not charge Wandering Dago for the cost of products it ordered for the track.
But Loguidice said that ”doesn’t begin to cover all of the costs we’ve incurred,” including new equipment purchases and lost revenue.
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