After retiring as a manager of KOA, Dale Brechlin started his first project: Building a food cart.
Brechlin recently opened Boomer’s All-American Cuisine on Duane Street across from Astoria City Hall. He focuses on hot dogs — in corn, on buns and sometimes in one of the casseroles he makes daily. He also offers desserts and free coffee.
“I wanted something simple,” he said, adding he was inspired by the hot dog carts he used to frequent on the East Coast.
Brechlin, an East Coast native, had worked for a credit card company before joining national campground chain KOA. He managed sites at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Mount Rushmore before moving to the North Coast in 2011 to take over management of the KOA near Fort Stevens State Park.
He hopes to cook crabs during the Astoria Sunday Market, establish a pop-up tent to serve food at other events and possibly go brick-and-mortar one day.
Brechlin is the first tenant of Michael Bruhn, a Brim Aviation helicopter mechanic who recently acquired the downtown property in a foreclosure auction.
Bruhn has been planning artist studios in the former Flourine & Co. beauty store, along with food carts and other vendors in the parking lot outside. The lot had previously held up to four food carts that left when the property was in flux.