Hot Dogs Make Gains For Burger King

Restaurants Brands International , the parent company of Burger King and Tim Horton’s, had a nice start this year, thanks to the hot dog.

Why it took so long for a fast-food chain built around “flame-grilled” products to make a  a hot dog line, is anyone guess but they did. Burger King added its Grilled Dogs line on Feb. 23, about five weeks before its quarter closed. That introduction was an instant success and likely part of the reason RBI delivered such strong results in their 1st quarter.

Hot dogs may have been an unlikely choice, but the company proved the idea was spot on when it actually reported on April 28.  Burger King delivering a 4.6% increase. Overall system wide sales grew 7.9%

“Innovative product launches and continued expansion of our global footprint drove favorable comparable sales and system wide sales growth for the quarter,” said CEO Daniel Schwartz in the earnings release. “We believe our focused approach on delivering a great guest experience and growing franchisee profitability will support long-term, sustainable value for our guests, franchisees, employees and shareholders.”

While both RBI brands have been doing well, it’s likely to only get harder from here. Burger King operates in a space where there is constant pressure to produce the next big thing. Grilled Dogs meets that need for now, but it won’t be long before consumers want something fresh.

Thanks to Fox Business for the story

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A Piece Of Hot Dog History To Be Demolished

Contrary to popular belief  it was not  Nathan Handwerker (a Jewish immigrant from Poland who started Nathan’s Famous) that brought the hot dog to Coney Island, but rather Charles Feltman (1841-1910), a German butcher who is accredited with the idea of selling pork sausages on a warm bun, around 1867.

Feltman reportedly sold over 3,000 sausages on a roll during his first year in business, pushing around a wagon to hungry beachgoers. The hot dog sold for 10 cents apiece and enabled Feltman to build an empire with a hotel, restaurants, food stands, and amusements.

All hot dog money.

Nathan Handwerker slept on the floor of Feltman’s kitchen, which is all that remains of Feltman’s legacy, and it is slated to be demolished.

Handwerker’s job was slicing hot dog rolls and delivering the franks to the guys who worked at the grilling stations. He lived on free hot dogs to save his $11 per week salary. At the end of the year, he’d saved $300 and opened a competing stand and sold them for 5 cents a hot dog instead of 10 cents.

That was the beginning of Nathan’s Famous and the demise of Feltman’s, which went out of business in 1952.

The property became Astroland Park, and now all that’s left is the kitchen. It was used as a workshop for the rides, and though it’s in poor condition this was arguably the spot where a legendary hot dog empire was first dreamed up. Nonetheless, it’s among the structures to be torn down on land recently purchased by the city of New York.

This building should really be saved as a museum or listed as a historical monument. A true piece of New York and American history.

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Feltman's Kitchen

All That's Left Of The Feltman Empire

Emotional Hot Dog Vendor Pleads Case

Hot dogs were not on the menu Tuesday night, but they took up a good chunk of the Yuba City City Council’s meeting.

Paul and Natalie Kaiser, owners of Fat Daddy’s Frankfurters, and several residents and business owners addressed the council during public comment about the city’s laws about mobile food vendors.

Council members could not respond or take action because the topic was not on the agenda, but they will discuss the issue at the Aug. 4 meeting.

Yuba City informed the Kaisers earlier in June that their mobile hot dog cart violates the Central City Specific Plan and revoked their permit. They had received the permit to operate under the city’s Municipal Code, which allows for mobile units by permission from the police department.

While city staff investigates other cities’ laws and identifies possible options for Yuba City, Paul Kaiser said his life hangs in the balance.

“What am I going to do for four to six weeks? They’re not going to pay my mortgage,” he said. “It’s our livelihood. It’s how I care for my family.”

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