Ken Baumgarten, who’s been serving up hot dogs and smiles to drunken patrons for the last six and a half years, announced via Twitter Sunday afternoon that he’s decided to “hang up his tongs” and close Ken’s Best Wurst.
“My increasing age and decreasing civility in the community are a perfect recipe for burnout,” Ken said.
After 6.5 years, & a couple hundred thousand hot dogs, it is time to hang up my tongs. Much love & thanks to my awesome customers. We Are!
— Ken’s Best Wurst (@KensBestWurst) October 29, 2017
“As I’ve always said, 99.96 percent of my customers are a delight,” Ken said, “but the remaining fraction has become sufficiently insufferable to overshadow the rest.”
Ken suspended his Thursday services last fall after a “sharp increase in violence & aggression, & a decline in civility.”
Due to a sharp increase in violence & aggression, & a decline in civility, I am suspending service on Thursday nights. Life is too short.
— Ken's Best Wurst (@KensBestWurst) October 7, 2016
Apparently things haven’t improved since then. You’re right, Ken. Life is too short.
The late-night/drunk food options in State College continue to decline with Ken’s closure. Canyon betrayed fans with a new location, Grillers is long gone, and Bell’s Greek Pizza will be sadly missed. Luckily, we still have Yallah on our side.
We’ll miss your word of the day discounts the most, Ken. Godspeed and may you be blessed with plenty of reading, fishing, computers, and spending time with your granddaughter.