Stories of Independence: Austin Underdawgs

By | February 28th, 2018|

Interview and blog post by Sarah Blackwell Austin Underwood, 39, went to college right out of high school, and studied to be a prep chef. He’s lived on his own ever since graduation, but since jobs in the restaurant business were hard to find, he worked at a local grocery store for 14 years before asking a local restaurateur for a job. It’s incredibly exciting to hear how his dreams have begun to unfold over the last two years.

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Austin Underwood and I have Down syndrome. I am 39 years old.

Tell us about your company:

Austin’s Underdawgs is a hot dog truck and we have a franchise.

When did you decide you were ready to start your own business?

In 2016.

Who helped you start your business?

My mother helped me start my business.