In past years, Tom Sterling operated his bright red Berardi’s food cart in a parking lot near Pat Catan’s Craft Center on Milan Road and East Perkins Avenue.
But a disagreement involving Sterling, Perkins Township officials and area landowners forced him to relocate his food cart to Norwalk in 2014.
“The rent was just outrageous. It was more than my mortgage payment,” Sterling said. “I decided to let that spot go. I was paying 12 months rent, and I could only operate there for six months. I have no problems with Perkins. I just couldn’t afford it.”
Sterling said he’s saving almost $10,000 a year by moving the food cart to Norwalk. Sterling, however, wouldn’t reveal how much rent he paid in Perkins Township or pays in Norwalk.
Several people this month flooded Register email accounts seeking an update as to the whereabouts of Sterling’s food cart.
More than 6,000 people saw and 50-plus people commented on a recent Register Facebook post regarding Sterling’s popular food cart. Even Sterling chimed in, informing people where his cart is located.
“I love my customers, and I have amazing people from Sandusky still coming here,” Sterling said on a recent weekday afternoon. “We are definitely going to be back in Sandusky. Maybe not this year but maybe next year. I know people are bummed that we are not there.”
Sterling said his food cart would make appearances at popular festivals in Erie County this year, including Ohio Bike Week and Huron River Fest.
Want to go?
•WHAT: Berardi’s food cart, offering up cheesesteaks burgers, perch, French fries and more.
•WHERE: 204 Cleveland Road, Norwalk, across from Circle K.
•WHEN: Open 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays.
•CALL: 419-577-6400 for more information.