Los latinos se toman el waterfront

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Posted 29 February, 2024

Se pueden ver diariamente, de día, tarde o noche. Un grupo de emprendedores se está tomando el paseo que bordea el lago en Queenstown, para deleitarnos con ingeniosas propuestas y diversos sabores.

Uno de los más antiguos es Nico, un argentino que hace seis años tuvo la idea de comenzar su negocio para vender hot dogs. “Se nos ocurrió por las cosas que extrañábamos en casa, como alfajores, milanesas, panchos”, explica.

El nivel de popularidad de Hot Dogs Inc. lo ha llevado a ampliar su negocio, dar trabajo a más gente y a ser parte de diversos eventos como festivales y conciertos.

Otros emblemáticos del centro son los Gattos Churros, un negocio iniciado por “Gatto” y Carla, esta vez con una propuesta dulce bastante popular y que ha hecho que sean de alta demanda para los turistas. Un emprendimiento que, tras cinco años, se ha vuelto sumamente exitoso, permitiéndoles también dar trabajo, además de comenzar nuevos proyectos paralelamente siempre con la idea de expandirse.

Tasty Toasties es otro de los carritos que puedes encontrar en el waterfront, una idea que Gustavo junto a su pareja Carla iniciaron con el fin de tener libertad financiera y laboral. Ya llevan cuatro meses desde que comenzaron a vender riquísimos sándwiches tostados con queso y otros rellenos, una experiencia que califican como gratificante y a la vez desafiante.

“Me encanta trabajar en la calle. El 99% de las veces la gente es súper amable”, dice Gustavo y agrega que “me parece genial la idea de que muchos latinos se vayan sumando no necesariamente a trabajar en la calle, si no que a emprender. Si tienes una idea atrévete, desarróllala, equivócate. Las equivocaciones no son fracasos, son aprendizajes”.

Claudia es otra latina que se atrevió. Una magnífica repostera que hace tres meses abrió su querido The Baking Nomad, que ofrece variedad de snacks salados, pero principalmente dulces, y todo es 100% vegano. En su carta cuenta además con especialidades sin gluten y pensados para quienes podrían tener alergias alimentarias. Su nivel de ingenio para traer sabores nuevos y sin usar productos animales, le ha permitido de a poco armarse su clientela fiel. Además del town, puedes encontrarla todos los fines de semana en los mercados de Remarkables y Arrowtown.

Simply Fries también es parte del centro de Queenstown, un negocio que Camila inició sólo dos meses atrás. Tras quebrarse el tobillo y estar tres meses en recuperación sin cobertura alguna, ya que estaba desempleada, decidió que quería ser su propia jefa. “Un día buscando ideas se me ocurrió lo de las papas fritas, ya que es algo que todo el mundo come (…) Y ahora que veo mi carrito y todo lo que tengo, fue todo lo que un día soñé”.

La mayoría de estos valientes latinos emprendedores, destaca lo amable del proceso en el Council a la hora de legalizar e impulsar sus empresas.

¡Apoyemos y sigamos levantando a la comunidad …y qué mejor que comiendo!

 

Translation:

Latinos take over the waterfront

They can be seen daily, day, afternoon, or night. A group of entrepreneurs is taking over the lakeside promenade in Queenstown, delighting us with clever proposals and diverse flavors.

One of the oldest is Nico, an Argentine who six years ago had the idea of starting his business to sell hot dogs. "It occurred to us because of the things we missed at home, like alfajores, milanesas, panchos," he explains.

The popularity of Hot Dogs Inc. has led him to expand his business, employ more people, and be part of various events such as festivals and concerts.

Other emblematic figures in the center are Gattos Churros, a business started by "Gatto" and Carla, this time with a fairly popular sweet proposal that has made them in high demand for tourists. An undertaking that, after five years, has become extremely successful, allowing them to also provide employment, in addition to starting new projects simultaneously always with the idea of expanding.

Tasty Toasties is another of the carts you can find on the waterfront, an idea that Gustavo and his partner Carla started in order to achieve financial and labor freedom. They have been selling delicious toasted cheese sandwiches and other fillings for four months now, an experience they describe as rewarding and challenging at the same time.

"I love working on the street. 99% of the time people are super friendly," says Gustavo, adding, "I think it's great that many Latinos are joining not necessarily to work on the street, but to undertake. If you have an idea, dare, develop it, make mistakes. Mistakes are not failures, they are learning."

Claudia is another Latina who dared. A magnificent baker who opened her beloved The Baking Nomad three months ago, offering a variety of savory snacks, but mainly sweets, all 100% vegan. In her menu, she also includes gluten-free products designed for those who may have food allergies. Her ingenuity in bringing new flavors without using animal products has allowed her to gradually build her loyal clientele. In addition to the town, you can find her every weekend at the Remarkables and Arrowtown markets.

Simply Fries is also part of Queenstown's center, a business that Camila started just two months ago. After fracturing her ankle and being three months in recovery without any coverage, as she was unemployed, she decided she wanted to be her own boss. "One day, looking for ideas, I thought of fries, as it is something that everyone eats (...) And now that I see my cart and everything I have, it was everything I once dreamed of."

Most of these brave Latino entrepreneurs highlight the kindness of the Council's process when legalizing and promoting their businesses.

Let's support and continue to uplift the community... and what better way than by eating!


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