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Camden's 'Hot Dog Man' loses appeal
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Ward Ratz (far right, in white shirt) listens as Camden City Zoning Administrator John Burns (front row, second from right in green sweater) makes a point during a hearing by the Board of Zoning Appeals. Board members voted unanimously to uphold Burns decision to shut down Ratzs hot dog stand in front of Sisters of Camden on Broad Street. Ratz said while he has temporarily move to Kmart, outside the city limits, he hopes to work with city officials on where and how to operate. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Ward Ratz is setting up The Dog House again, this time back at his first location between Kmart and Big Lots on West DeKalb Street. Ratz lost an appeal of a decision by the city of Camden to repeal a one-year business license he received to operate on Broad Street. During an interview Thursday, Ratz said he planned to set up shop again at Kmart beginning today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “I was only making $40 a day when I was there, compared to the $150 to $200 a day I’ve been making,” Ratz said.