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Sausage of King Nashua to return to food trucks, new barbecue joint to open in its place

NASHUA – The restaurant the Sausage King of Nashua is looking to return to its roots and it will start selling its well-known hotdogs and sausages with peppers and onions and from food trucks while also opening a barbecue restaurant on Main Street next month.

Owner Dave Manganello bought the business in November 2011; it had been operating for the previous 10 years. The Sausage King used to be a food cart that would camp out in front of Holman Stadium and other city hot spots, including Home Depot and local bars, which Manganello said he is looking to get back to. He said the outdoor food market health codes have shifted and it made more sense for him to change his business model. ...

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NASHUA – The restaurant the Sausage King of Nashua is looking to return to its roots and it will start selling its well-known hotdogs and sausages with peppers and onions and from food trucks while also opening a barbecue restaurant on Main Street next month.

Owner Dave Manganello bought the business in November 2011; it had been operating for the previous 10 years. The Sausage King used to be a food cart that would camp out in front of Holman Stadium and other city hot spots, including Home Depot and local bars, which Manganello said he is looking to get back to. He said the outdoor food market health codes have shifted and it made more sense for him to change his business model.

“The Main Street storefront rent costs, coupled with the fact that our highest ticket item is under $10, it makes it difficult for us, in this environment, to stay current and, in all honesty, to stay in business,” he said.

Manganello added sausage as a specific meal to sell to customers, though his menu offers other items including salads.

“People look at (the name) and say, ‘Yeah, I don’t really feel like sausage tonight,’”he said.

The new barbecue restaurant will be named Riverside Barbeque Co. and is set to open at the beginning of May.

Manganello said the food truck will return to the streets in the next year or so, back to where it truly “belongs,” with catering options available as well.

The Sausage King currently employs six people, though Manganello says he will look to possibly double that number. The square footage of the restaurant will stay the same, and he says it will take him only a week or so to convert into the new restaurant.

He added the food truck business is one of the fastest-growing segments of the food industry.

“The reason being is that real estate is so expensive,” he said. “You get these restaurants that can create a dynamite product but they can’t afford a $500,000 or a million dollar restaurant to do what they want to do. They buy a really great truck and equipment, and then they don’t need the overhead for the dining area.”

Samantha Allen can be reached at 594-6426 or sallen@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Allen on Twitter (@Telegraph_SamA).