Smoke’s is Heating Up

In recent months, the owners of popular Canadian chain Smoke’s Poutinerie announced plans to grow its brand through rapid global expansion and exploration of on-trend foods like indulgent hot dogs and burritos. The chain is one that competitors, particularly those targeting Millennials, should keep their eyes on. Here we will take an in-depth look at […]

Upscale Sausages Span the Nation, Starting with Chicago

At 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, I settled into a folding chair on a Chicago sidewalk, waiting for a hot-dog shop to open. Twenty-five people were lined up ahead of me. We devoted foodies had assembled not just for any ordinary dog but for a specialty sausage (or five) from the famed Hot Doug’s during […]

Hot-Dog Craze Keeps Rolling in the U.K.

Hot dogs, still hot? You bet your buns. The hot-dog craze that started to take off in the U.K. in late 2012 rolls on, with the number of hot dogs menued at U.K. chain and independent restaurants tracked by Technomic’s MenuMonitor online resource surging 156% from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014. In addition, the number […]

(Hot) Dog Days of Summer for U.K. Operators

The better-burger buzz in and around London is still going strong, but another (if more unassuming) American icon also is feeling the love from U.K. consumers and operators alike. Behold the rise of the humble hot dog. Hot dogs—and in particular, specialty dogs with myriad topping inspirations and irreverent names—are turning up on the menu […]