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Wandering Dago returns to Capitol

Wandering Dago returns to Capitol

The controversial food truck had previously been banned because of its name.
Wandering Dago returns to Capitol
Folks line up for lunch at the Wandering Dago food truck in front of MVP on State St. hill in Albany in 2013.
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Daily Gazette Photographer

ALBANY -- The Wandering Dago food truck returned to the State Capitol this week, after being banned in 2013 by the Cuomo Administration.

The food truck has been granted access to sell its barbecue fare in the Empire State Plaza after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of the business, which was banned because its name includes an ethnic slur.

“It’s the first opportunity we’ve had to have contact with any of the community [at the Capitol], so we want to make sure we’re able to reach everyone,” owner Andrea Loguidice said.

Loguidice said the cost of decisions by the Empire State Plaza and other venues, including Saratoga Race Course, to ban the food truck outweighed any free advertising garnered from the legal battle; the business was forced to launch a catering business in response.

“It did help for people to hear our name and know we’re a food truck, but it really didn’t help with the business financially, because we weren’t permitted anywhere because of the litigation,” Loguidice said. “So it definitely had -- I don’t want to say catastrophic, that’s not the right word -- but it definitely hurt the business financially.”

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