It's not often we run across someone like Randy Walters, AKA Pittsburgh Willy. In the last few years, we have seen this gentle man realize his dream of owning a hotdog emporium where everyone (even those without a penchant for Pittsbugh) could enjoy good, real local food, make friends and have a chat with Randy while munching amidst memorabilia from da 'burgh.
This past year, as he embarked on an even greater dream, actually two dreams. He has suffered one hardship after another.
Below are some excerpts from his open letter asking for support of his new little restaurant in light of these hardships:
".....I have had so many things happen to to me the past 5 months. My detached retina, putting me MANY months behind the scheduled of my dream restaurant at my dream location in downtown Chandler....."
"The opening of My dad's dream restaurant Wimpy's Paradise 6 months ahead of schedule due to the property becoming available 9 months earlier than I had planned.....
....My (original hot dog) cart being stolen last Friday and last night, by my own inattention I worked the restaurant alone till 1 a.m. and instead of waking my wife for a ride home I took a cab home. I awoke this morning to find I had left my deposit bag with ALL the past weeks receipts and some personal money as well in the back of the cab. I have contacted the cab company but it looks like the hot dog cart..it's gone!"
Randy has NOT asked for a hand-out. In fact, all he asked is that we spread the word about Wimpy's during the Arizona's most difficult eatery time of year.
What I did not mention is Randy's enormous heart. He has invested his own time and resources to raise funds for families, pets, individuals, and countless others when they were in difficult situations.
It's OUR time to help Randy. So while I do hope you will take your family to Wimpy's to eat today, tomorrow, this week and all summer (the food is tremendous!) I am also asking you to support Randy's financial trouble with an extra $1 or $10 or $100! Whatever you can to help. Our East Valley community is very fortunate that we have a man like him in our midst. In fact, he was recently awarded Micro Business of the Year by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.
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