It's late. Your date catches you scouring the crowd. Thinking you're checking out someone, you take shit. But no, you respond, it's not like that. You're not looking for a hook up of the flesh-in-the-pan sort. You're craving something deeper, something spicier. You're looking for Rusty The Beef Jerky Guy—the bearded, overall-clad gent who unobtrusively peddles his nickel bags of beef jerky. It's midnight in Louisville, and this is no time to get cute. It's a beef jerky promenade.
Little's known about Rusty (he's repeatedly turned down interview requests with at least one other Louisville media outlet). His Facebook fan page gives us little tidbits of flavorful meat: his last name is Sturgeon, his favorite Christmas tune is the original Chipmunks' "Christmas Time is Here," his personal interests are "making the best damn beef jerky this side of the Mississippi." In his wake, he's left tales of his meals at some of Louisville's essential restaurants easily covered by his on-site jerky sales and servers blowing an evening's wages on his bags of dried meat.
Sadly when Eater launched its sparkly new app last week, the Rusty tracker—his regular haunts marked with a plastic bag, his current whereabouts noted with a blinking pair of overalls—wasn't included. Hopefully it'll be make it into version 2.0. In the meantime, Eater Louisville presents the Rusty map: a list of all his known spots. Thanks to everyone who helped compile it. Now who's got five bucks I can borrow?
·All Eater Louisville Maps [~ELOU~]
[Photo: Courtesy Facebook/Rusty Sturgeon "The Beef Jerky Guy"]Read More