New Hines business features hot dogs
By Randy Parks
Great ideas are often hatched from fond memories.
Bob Landgrave grew up in Peru, Ind., and he still remembers riding his bike up to a local hot dog stand and ordering three chili dogs and a root beer. “There were two hot dog stands in town then, and they’re still there today,” Landgrave said.
When Landgrave and his wife, Peggy, moved to Burns in February 2009 to be closer to family, he noticed that there was no place to buy a good old-fashioned hot dog or sausage, and from there came the idea of The Doghouse.
Landgrave bought the building that formerly housed an espresso business next to Ebar Oil on Highway 20, put on a fresh coat of paint inside and out, and opened for business on Monday, May 17.
The Doghouse offers German sausage, a spicy beer sausage, smoked sausage and all beef hot dogs with a variety of toppings, including cheese, chili, relish, sauerkraut, grilled onions, jalapenos, slaw, mustard and ketchup. “There’s chili dogs, cheese dogs, slaw dogs,” Landgrave said. “There’s a lot of people who don’t even know what a slaw dog is.” Nachos, chips and soda pop are also available.
As for the market potential, Landgrave pointed out that every second, 25,000 hot dogs are sold in the United States, which equates to about 20 billion per year.
Landgrave said that while the idea of opening a hot dog stand had been in his head for more than 30 years, the move to Burns kind of forced the thought to the forefront. “About two years ago, we sold everything and moved from Amity to Ohio to be with my wife’s mom, who was ill,” Landgrave said. “Then we moved here, and I wondered what I was going to do. I’m 58 years old, who’s going to give me a job?
“I had a construction business in Miami, ran a nightclub in Indiana and had a business in Amity. But it doesn’t matter what I did, or what I know. So I opened the hot dog stand.”
The Doghouse gets its smoked sausages and hot dogs locally from Buermann’s Ranch Meats and gets most other supplies from the local grocery stores. “I try to do business in the area,” Landgrave said. “And KZZR, Inkling Designs, John Ebar and others have worked with me getting going. They’ve been great.”
Landgrave added that his son in Ohio, Tim Wood, provided support and was very instrumental in getting the business going.
The Doghouse is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Landgrave stated the hours may change once summer weather arrives.
“Business has been good so far,” Landgrave smiled. “I’m looking to give people good food at a reasonable price.”