For four years, Reston’s Wolf Antoni has cooked up bratwurst, wiener schnitzel and other favorites from his native Austria from his food truck, The Bratwurst King.
But run of bad luck this year has put the business in jeopardy, Antoni says. The truck is the main source of income for Antoni and his wife and child. After a job loss and an injury, the family has drained its reserves. It is trying to find the money to replace the broken truck engine (about $15,000) and resume Bratwurst King operations.
The Bratwurst King is often parked among the food trucks on Business Center Drive weekdays in Reston, as well as at local fairs, festivals and other special events.
“We love to cook for you and are enjoying the smiles we are putting on your faces,” Antoni said on his Go Fund Me page. “Sadly, we are at a point, where we cannot go on without some major help from you. ”
While everyone experiences tough luck from time to time, we have certainly had our share. We can handle the grief of coping with some personal tragedies in our life, we just can’t handle the bills that are stacking up, regardless if we are on the road or not.”
As of Tuesday, just over $4,000 had been donated to the cause.
Antoni said those who make donations will get something in return. Once the truck is up and running, a $15 donation will get you a free meal and drink (bring proof of donation). For a $50 donation (or multiples), contributors will get a meal, a Bratwurst King T-shirt and a Bratwurst King mug. Donations of $500 and $1,000 get your catering for a private parties.
Photos: Top – Wolf Atoni (left) and family/Credit: Go Fund Me; Bottom – The Bratwurst King truck/The Bratwurst King via Facebook.