Father would take me to Charleston, W. VA. When I was a kid, we would always stop and get a hot dog on the way home.
Would always tell him I was going to open a hot dog stand when I became a man.
When I was 16 moved to Chicago but the dream never ended.
When I was 22 got married and started a family.
Started work at S&C Electric Company in 1974, and would tell anyone that would listen, about my dream to open a hot dog stand.
After children were born, when they were old enough to eat hot dogs started to try to make them the same kind of hot dog that I had eaten as a kid.
At first it was just the cole slaw (my mothers recipe) with a can of Hormel’s Chilli.
When I would try to make the Hot Dog sauce it just did not taste the same as what I had when I was a kid.
Later I had gotten a sauce recipe from my sister-in-law, Sherri, who is an outstanding cook.
I experimented with the recipe, adding spices and taking away spices until I thought that I had it just right.
When we would go to W. Va. To visit my family, our first stop would be at a hot dog stand to get a hot dog and see if there was a difference in the taste. There always was.
Always thought that if I could get people to try the hot dog that they would love them as much as I did.