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Local vendors vie for vacancy after hot dog stand owner charged with murder

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's hot dog wars in Louisville as local vendors try to stake their claim on one of the most lucrative corners in town. The problem: it currently belongs to a man charged with murder and the city is slow to give it away.

You'll find Bruce Beckler at corner of 8th and Main Street, every weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with dogs on the grill -- and hands moving about a mile a minute.

"Been in food service my entire life," Beckler said. "Love it."

But the hot dog vendor wants to move from his prime location between the Kentucky Science Center and Slugger Museum downtown.

"I could work about 12 months of the year," Beckler said. "I only do about eight months on this spot. That's the main reason: I'm looking for something year-round."

Beckler wants the spot at the corner of 6th Street and Liberty St. across from the jail and courthouse. With constant foot traffic, it's deemed one of the most profitable in Louisville. For decades, the corner belonged to Donald Hayes -- but he was charged with murder last month and hasn't returned since. City regs say Hayes' permit can be voided after a month, but Beckler keeps getting burned when he tries to apply.

"I've tried two times before," Beckler said.

And he's not the only one competing for it.

"We were holding it," said Jessica Wethington of Metro Codes and Regulations. "We were waiting for a little more clarity on the current court case, but it will be opening up July 28."

"Anybody wishing to apply can come to our office and submit an application," she added. "It's first-come, first-serve basis."

There are 17 licensed hot dog vendors in Louisville. "Paul" from P and C Dogs (he wouldn't give his last name) says he -- for one -- will not be competing for the spot.

"I'm happy with what I've got and Don is the matriarch of vendors," Paul said. "And that's all I've got to say about it."

For many others, respect may come second to dollars and cents

"It's my livelihood," said Beckler. "I'm sorry for what happened, but I didn't have anything to do with it."

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