A $50.00 Hot Dog???

teddys haute-dog


Well just when you think you have heard it all… out of New York comes the $50.00 hot dog!  If you want to go try it bring your curiosity and wallet to the Roosevelt hotel’s Vander Bar and order the Teddy’s Haute Dog. Made from Kobe beef and is topped with foie gras shavings, balsamic onions  “accessorized” with black truffle fries and caviar aioli. If you go and eat a Teddy the hotel will donate 10% of the proceeds to City Harvest  a local charity in NYC.

$50.00 for a hot dog is crazy but not the world record. The current record holder of Guinness Book Of World Records and the globe’s most outrageously priced hot dog goes to  Serendipity 3  in NYC. The price of their hot dog? $69.00. Sigh! you can watch the video


The Hot Dog Cart: Bringing Back The American Entrepreneur

With all the news about America in the middle of an economic crisis, unemployment currently at about 9.8% and our government trying to get it together. Out comes story after story of Americans who instead of giving up or taking a hand out from the government are starting small businesses. The business that seems to get the most news is the hot dog-cart. Most of the new hot dog-cart vendors are either casualties of downsizing, laid off blue-collar workers, or just plain lost their job.

There are stories of people like Budd and Grae Lewis in the state of Washington who took the last of Budds 401k savings and invested in a hot dog-cart. Two brothers J.T and Scott McDuffy from Maryville Tn. J.T. was laid off from his job as a butcher, both decided to get into the hot dog business. Then there is Brad Kossover from Conway AR. who has come up with the solar hot dog-cart!

My story is similar; after working in the automotive business for almost 20 years, I lost my job in January of 2010. My wife and I had our hot dog-cart as a part-time business but now we are full-time and keeping busy. Actually I have not looked back.

The hot dog-cart business is a great venture if you take the time to research and plan ahead. There are may pit falls as most of the people above have found out. There is an overload of information on the net; mostly from guys who claim to be an “expert” in the field of hot dog-cart ownership. The fact of the matter is most of these guys wanting you to by their E-books have never sold a single hot dog!  I speak from experience, I have purchased some of these books when I first started my business 6 years ago.

If you are thinking of starting a hot dog-cart business, talk to your local city and health deptartment first. Make sure you follow those guidelines to the letter. If you would like further information you can contact me.  I will also continue on this subject.

Selling Hot Dogs Not As Easy As You Would Think

Kathy Sullivan would love to set up a hotdog stand but says she’s faced nothing but red tape and a huge brick wall in her hot dog venture.

Sullivan, 51, moved to Burnaby after spending several years working as a medic in the isolated oil patches of northern B.C. and Alberta. She’s been unable to find work since and thought she’d start her own business, running a hotdog cart.

Years before Sullivan worked in the hospitality industry and wanted something where she could have interaction with people again, after those years of being out in the bush.

“People are never angry at a hot dog person,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “They always seem to be in a good mood with them. I just thought it would be a neat way to earn a living.”

She says she did her research and learned that street vendors aren’t allowed on public property according to Burnaby (Canada) bylaws and those in most other municipalities in the region.

Vancouver allows them but the limited number of spots are allocated with an annual lottery system which is problematic because she wouldn’t know whether she’d have a place to operate from one year to the next, she said.

Instead, she realized she’d have to find a local business or property owner who could provide a letter giving permission for her to set up her cart there.

Without an actual cart, she found the businesses she approached didn’t take her seriously. So she invested $6,000 to buy the cart in July, only to still be met with all the catch 22’s.

Sullivan said shopping malls don’t want her to compete with their food court inside. Other large retailers already have agreements with fast-food franchises to operate on their premises. Still others just didn’t want the bother.

Meanwhile, her belief is that sidewalks are where people want to see hotdog vendors. “It kind of lends a human touch to the streets,” she said.

From a crime prevention perspective, “It’s another pair of eyes on the street.”

And there’s a demand. She collected 97 signatures on an informal petition calling for city hall to allow hotdog carts on city property, something that only took her two hours.

Sullivan said at one point she was so discouraged, she considered giving up her dream of self-employment and selling the cart. Instead, she decided to bring the bylaws to the attention of city council, to which she made a presentation on Monday.

It appears they were receptive.

“None of us were aware what some of the problems were” for people wanting to set up such businesses, said Councilman Paul McDonell, the acting mayor, in an interview.

Council has asked staff to look into the bylaws, and report back explaining what the rules are and whether any changes can be made.

In the meantime, Sullivan waits.

There are a lot of people in this country and I guess Canada who faced with unemployment want to start a small business. Local governments should be open to the idea of increased tax revenue.

My story is similar, not wanting to be unemployed I started my hot dog biz. I ran into the same road blocks as Ms. Sullivan. If you are thinking of a hot dog business, you can learn a lot from others who went down this road before you. If interested go to my hot dog website  and contact me for info.

Thanks to Burnaby news.com

“Hot Dog King” Files Bankruptcy

Self-proclaimed “hot dog king” Louie Di Raimondo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy both personal and for his Miami-based retail business, All American Hot Dog Carts.

Raimondo was featured on Joan Rivers “How’d You Get So Rich?” TV show in May 2010 and has filed bankruptcy petitions Tuesday in Miami. Di Raimondo lists $5.5 million in debt and $1.1 million in assets, with between 100 and 200 creditors.

His business declared $1.97 million in debt and $200,599 in assets, with fewer than 49 creditors.

Di Raimondo’s rags-to-riches business story has been told and retold in newspaper articles and books, including “I’m On A Roll: America’s Celebrity Hot Dog King, Louie Di Raimondo,” which he co-authored.

According to the bankruptcy petition, Di Raimondo’s owes $1.7 million to Chase Home Finance on a home in Miami Beach, along with a couple of other mortgages in Miami.

He also declared ownership of a 2008 Ford Ranger and a 28-foot Sea Ray boat. His personal bankruptcy petition says he has a monthly income of $18,500 and it includes 27 pages listing credit card account debts.

Wait…… a 2008 Ford Ranger??? did you see the video of his claim to fame on his web site??

All I can say is business is awesome at the Bombdiggity! And we don’t own any of the “Kings”Carts, just honest hot dog sales here folks.

Thanks to the South Florida Business Journal for the info.

Hot Dog Condiments That Can Be Healthy

Chicago Hot Dog

Loaded With Condiments: The Chicago Hot Dog

Condiments, the ingredients that give a flavor boost to your hot dog, may also give your body a boost.

When you think health, you probably never think up images of French fries or hot dogs. But even those guilty pleasures can come with a surprising health benefit — the toppings.

In ketchup, for example, lycopene is the antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes their bright red color. It’s also considered an anti-cancer agent, and Guards against aging of the skin. Organic ketchup can contain up to three times the lycopene of conventional ketchup.

Mustard also packs a great nutritional punch. That’s because mustard contains mustard seeds, which are in the same family of foods as broccoli and cabbage. The seeds are a strong anti-cancer agent and may also help reduce symptoms of asthma and arthritis.

Top your hot dog with sauerkraut. The fermented cabbage is low in calories and loaded with helpful bacteria for your digestion

Next time put a little heat on your hot dog by trying some hot sauce. That same thing that makes you sweat also increases your metabolic rate slightly.

Stop by your local hot dog cart, pile on the condiments and enjoy the health benefits!

Hot Dog Stand Art At The Queens Museum

Depression era hot dog guy

Working Stiffs… thats one of the art collections  now at the Queens Museum in NYC through November 14th. 

 Fifty photographs have been selected from the permanent collection of the Queens Museum of Art to articulate what it is to work, cross-culturally and geographically, throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. An extensive range of images highlight contemporary artists such as Sylvia Plachy, Pedro Meyer and Dulce Pinzon whose insightful works reveal the visages of laundry attendants, tailors, servants and even Hot Dog Vendors with both intelligence and humor, to 19th century anonymous photographers documenting the daily life of the trades in Europe, the United States and the Far East.

The above photo was taken by Depression-era photographer Berenice Abbott

Times have changed! look at what a hot dog cart looks like now.

Bombdiggity Hot Dogs Serves At A local Charity

Bombdiggity Hot Dogs At Pacific Beach

Hot Dogs For The Mikey Burke Foundation

Last week we had the privledge to serve up our signature 1/4 pound hot dogs and churros for the Mikey Burke Foundation in Pacific Beach Ca.

The charity was formed by the three brothers of Mikey Burke who tragically lost his life on October 18, 2004 at the age of twenty five.

The foundation´s mission is focused on fund raising events to provide enjoyment to the doners with a focus on providing charitable acts that foster an athletic passion within kids that may not have an opportunity to take advantage of or find passion in athletics.

If you would like to make a donation to the Mikey Burke Foundation, follow the above link. It’s an awesome cause.

Red Onion Sauce for New York Style Hot Dogs

If you have ever had a hot dog from a cart in New York City you have probably had some of this red onion sauce slathered on your hot dog. Here is a recipie for this sauce and a little history. Enjoy!

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 2 medium onions-chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a saucepan. Add onions and cook them until soft. Stir in the cinnamon and chili powder and cook for 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook mixture for 10-15 minutes or until thickened. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature before serving. You can refrigerate the sauce for up to 2 days, but bring to room temperature before serving.

Alan S. Geisler (c. 1931 – January 6, 2009) was an American food chemist best known for creating a red onion sauce most often used as a condiment topping on hot dogs in New York City. Specifically, the sauce, which is marketed as Sabrett’s Prepared Onions, is usually served on Sabrett brand hot dogs sold by New York’s many pushcart hot dog vendors

If you want Sabretts red onion sauce just like the carts in New York City use: check it out

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.

Thanks to Amusing the Zillion for the info on this story

Feltman's Kitchen

All That's Left Of The Feltman Empire

I Tell Ya… Hot Dog Guy Gets No Respect

CARY (WTVD) — Cary police say a hot dog is at the center of a confrontation outside a strip club.

Authorities say 23-year-old David Kelbaugh was drinking at Pure Gold Tuesday night when he went outside to get a snack.

Kelbaugh apparently wanted a hot dog and a drink for $1.

Police say he went off after the vendor told him that wasn’t enough money.

CARY (WTVD) — Cary police say a hot dog is at the center of a confrontation outside a strip club.

Authorities say 23-year-old David Kelbaugh was drinking at Pure Gold Tuesday night when he went outside to get a snack.

Kelbaugh apparently wanted a hot dog and a drink for $1.

Police say he went off after the vendor told him that wasn’t enough money.

Kelbaugh allegedly hopped into his car and rammed the vendor’s van and a brick column.

The vendor is okay, but Kelbaugh was charged with injury to personal property.