New Bedford’s Newest Hot Dog Stand Opens as Blessing for the Family
The South End of New Bedford has a new hot dog business that's only been open for a week.
Talk about courage; it's not easy to open up a business in general, let alone during a pandemic. Kiyla's Korner actually came about in a special way that is becoming the new normal for some businesses up against the wall with COVID-19 pandemic bearing down on them.
David Bizarro, the owner of Bizarro's transportation in New Bedford, is Kiyla's grandfather and also the co-owner of Kiyla's Korner. When the coronavirus hit the SouthCoast, he lost about 90 percent of his transportation business. Since only a small amount of people are traveling these days, there's been little demand for luxury transportation to the airports, leaving Bizarro in a pickle.
However, he ended up taking that pickle and turning it into a profitable relish with his new hot dog stand. It was his saving grace from having his business of 19 years collapse and since it's something he's always wanted to do, there was no better time than the present.
It truly was a blessing in disguise.
Located at the intersection of Cove Road and Osbourne Street, the quaint hot dog stand serves up quite a variety of grilled and steamed hot dogs. I got myself a B.L.T. Dog (bacon, shredded lettuce, tomatoes over a grilled frank), a Pizza Dog (pizza sauce and pizza cheese over a grilled frank), and finally the Azorean Style Hot Dog (onions, relish, mayo and potato styx) for something a little different.
Small local businesses are perishing left and right and are constantly forced to come up with innovative ideas to keep their doors open. It's a difficult time and all we can do as a community is to support them as much as possible.
The bigger picture for Bizarro is that when it gets warmer, that his small-yet-mighty business can reside along the surrounding businesses such as Dairy Maid to work together as one.