Robin Broadfoot has been a fan of Polock Johnny’s since the early 70's. He had been in the art field for years before being transferred to a sign/poster shop down the street from Lexington market. While he was bopping thru the market for lunch, his attention was drawn to the Polock Johnny’s stall, as the vendors sang out "red hots...step right up and get your red hots". As he examined the signs and various advertising, he grew fond of the carnival type feeling this stand had created. His favorite find was the printed cups with the dancing blue and red polish sausage...R obin looked over at his buddy and said, "I’d love to do the advertising for that place."
Thru the 70's, 80's, and 90's Robin's career had gone from graphic design/ad layout to story boards. He worked with top executives laying out Toyota ads and small businesses creating logo designs. Eventually he set up his own studio on 25th Street. In time the world of computer art was advancing and "hand art" was becoming a "lost art".
Robin left the advertising field and began working on set design with the Baltimore films being made in and around Baltimore. Films like Guarding Tess, Clear & Present Danger, Boys, and Home for the Holidays, even sets for Homicide. Film is great while it is going on but it always ends and you either move where work is available or shift gears. He opted for more steady work and went on to the museums and became an art handler...he's been with American visionary museum on various assignments, as well as Washington National Gallery Museum of Art, The Hirschorn & Air & Space Museum.
By 1999 Robin was ready to take his career in a new direction but he decided to take a year off before he got started. During this hiatus he attended a party. At the party, he went into the kitchen and saw someone chopping up onions and green peppers and tossing them into a bowl of sauce...in a couple of minutes he had found out it was Polock Johnny’s daughter making the works sauce for some polish sausage she had brought. When she turned around, Robin knew it was the girl at Lexington market that was yelling 'red hots'. They quickly became friends as they talked and laughed about the 70's and their early careers. He had succeeded in the art field and she was now the owner of Polock Johnny’s at Lexington market and Washington Blvd.
During their months of corresponding through the mail, the Washington Blvd. store was involved in a fire and Robin immediately came to Margie’s side with buckets ands rags to help her clean up. He repainted, repaired, scrubbed and cleaned till his hands became raw. In a couple weeks he started drawing up the signs for the reopening. It became clear to him the new direction his career was taking with each new sign promoting products, fliers, new menu boards and creating our neon sign. His latest masterpiece can be seen on the outside of the Washington Blvd. building with cartoon illustrations of Baltimore folks.
Robin fell in love with Polock Johnny’s but harder in love with "Polock Johnny's" daughter. They have been working together now for the last 10 years. The hot dog girl and the artist! He has retired from the art field and now can be found behind the counter goofing around with the customers. Robin is often over heard telling people this is the job he worked at landing for 30 years.