Florida hot dog stand closes in Titusville mall after 42 years

Published On: Feb 01 2013 08:29:23 AM HST

The lone remaining business in a decaying Titusville mall is finally folding.

Dave's Hot Dog stand in Titusville has been a symbol of perseverance in an area hit hard by the recession and the end of the space shuttle.

For 42 years, Dave Curfman has been serving lunch at the Miracle City Mall.

"The Juliuses are the best and the best hot dogs ever," said Erica Shadrick.

The mall, vast, cavernous and echoing only with the sounds of better times and the plink of rainwater leaking from the roof, has become a symbol of Titusville's downturn.

The city has been the victim of both a recession and 8,000 space shuttle layoffs.

Curfman has persevered through it all -- until this week.

"We're going to miss Dave and the hot dog stand," said Mike Diaz.

Curfman doesn't talk to reporters, so what is learned is learned from customers and the Titusville tradition Curfman is part of, working his stand with his wife Pam and daughter Heather.

The mall is closing, and the last retailer, JC Penney, is selling out.

No matter how much Curfman might like to keep selling dogs to his faithful regulars, he has to close.

Instead of relocating he is retiring.

The sad ones will be those who'll miss their hot dogs and who'll miss Curfman's refusal to give up.


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