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The downtown hot dog stand remains open throughout the storm, feeding Search and Rescue teams

By Staff

  • Local heroes unaffected by the storm This photograph, showing Search and Rescue units buying hot dogs last night, was posted to the Facebook page "Frægir fá sér pulsu" (Famous people buy hotdogs) which chronicles sightings of local celebrities at the downtown hot dog stand Bæjarins Beztu. Photo/Facebook.

While most shops and other businesses closed down early last night due to the severe weather, one downtown institution refused to be bowed by the elements. The downtown hot-dog stand Bæjarins Beztu remained open.

The hot-dog officer on duty, Snæbjörn Þorri Árnason, told the local newspaper Morgunblaðð that the stand was supposed to be open until one in the morning, and he had no intention of abandoning his post. Snæbjörn held down the fort, despite very few customers. He told the reporter that since there were very few people out and about the only customers had been foreign travellers fleeing the weather.

Read more: 650 rescue team members have been working through the evening to assist residents all over Iceland

Snæbjörn’s decision to hold down the fort was also welcomed by the heroes of last night’s storm. Members of a local Search and Rescue Unit stopped by to get some refreshments and recharge their batteries, before heading off to respond to another distress call.

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