Hotdogeddy's isn't just a cart anymore

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By: Marshall V. King
mking@flavor574.com

Marshall V. King/Flavor574

ELKHART — Hotdogeddy is getting used to the view inside.

“I’m not out in the public,” said Ed Hayden from 700 S. Main St., Elkhart.

He’s taken over the former Sweet Cream’s Soda Shop near the Elkhart Post Office after four years of working solely out of his Hotdogeddy’s cart.

He purchased a cart from Dogs for Dollars in 2011 and worked in a variety of spots along Main Street, including on the Elkhart Civic Plaza and in front of New Paradigm (the former Harrison Landing space), Pop Culture and Iechyd Da Brewing.

“Business is good and steady,” he said, noting the cart was “super busy” all summer.

He was having lunch at New Paradigm, which followed Harrison Landing, when he heard the front half of the building at 700 S. Main St., wasn’t being used.

“I looked at in April and ended up getting it the first week of August,” he said. Thirty days later, he opened for lunch.

The menu has five regular hot dogs and a few specials.

The basic hot dogs are $3 and a Chicago dog is $4. He’s doing a hot dog of the week, which this week is the Red Dragon Dog that includes onions and peppers braised in Iechyd Da beer. He says he has recipes for “hundreds of hot dogs” in his head.

That started nearly 10 years ago when he was running Ed & Staci’s Creekside Cafe in Milford. One night a week, he had a soda shop menu, including hot dogs.

The restaurant is no more, but he’s making a living making and selling hot dogs.

The cart continues to appear at a variety of locations, usually announced via Hotdogeddy’s Facebook page or Twitter account, but the shop is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. He’s enjoying the simplicity of having a shop and said he’ll eventually add a salad, Italian beef sandwich and perhaps a wrap.

“It’s a cool thing. This is fun,” he said.

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