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Kellan's Dogs on Southwest Zobrist Street focuses on unique dishes inspired by Mexican and American fusion

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Richard Schjoth and Juan Luna stand in front of Martha, the vingage food truck they restored to house Kellan's Dogs.

When Juan Luna and Richard Schjoth purchased a vintage food truck, the previous owners had named the sky-blue vehicle Martha.

Schjoth and Luna are now adding their own story to the 50-year-old truck's past as they create hot dogs with one-of-a-kind combinations.

"There's no telling how many businesses have been in and out of Martha," Schjoth said, adding that the vehicle has always operated as a food truck.

Kellan's Dogs opened at 360 S.W. Zobrist St. on Thursday, April 8. The business previously was located at the Eastport Food Center in Portland and moved to Estacada because Luna and Schjoth liked the town.

"Our goal is to be different, fresh, friendly and affordable," said Luna, who previously worked as a sous chef and a kitchen manager. "We want people to be able to afford to eat with us." PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Kellan's signature hot dog is wrapped in bacon and topped with melted mozzarella cheese, pico de gallo and Thousand Island dressing. Grilled onions and jalepeno peppers come on the side.

When one of Estacada's newest food trucks opened for its first day in town, food was sold out within an hour and a half.

The two decided to focus on serving hot dogs to create something unique.

"We wanted something different than anything else, so we did high-quality hot dogs," Luna said. "It's not just a hot dog. It's a dish."

"The menu is made with love," Schjoth added.

Luna described the food as American and Mexican fusion. Items like chips, chili and pico de gallo are cooked fresh each day.

Kellan's signature dog is wrapped in bacon and topped with melted mozzarella cheese, pico de gallo and Thousand Island dressing, with grilled onions and jalapeno peppers on the side.

"This is way different. No one has this dish," Luna said.

The menu also features Shawna's chili potato chips, topped with cheddar cheese, grilled onions and jalapeno peppers.

Schjoth, who also works as a mechanic, met Shawna Oswalt when he fixed a vehicle for her. When he was restoring Martha prior to the opening of Kellan's Dogs, she let him work on the vehicle in her yard and covered the cost of electricity.

"You don't meet people like that all the time," he said.

Luna and Schjoth look forward to connecting with the community as they serve food.

One day shortly after opening, they played 1950s rock and roll as they took orders.

"An elderly customer started dancing. That made my heart smile so big," Schjoth said.

If you go

What: Kellan's Dogs

Where: 360 S.W. Zobrist St.

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays

More: Facebook.com/kellansdogs

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Juan Luna prepares a dish at Kellan's Dogs in Estacada.


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