Hotdogeddy's now open for breakfast and lunch in downtown Elkhart

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By: Marshall V. King
mking@flavor574.com

Marshall V. King/Flavor 574

Hotdogeddy is making the move to mornings.

The guy who has taken his hot dog cart to perch outside downtown Elkhart bars late at night first opened a restaurant and is now serving breakfast.

Ed Hayden opened the restaurant at 700 S. Main St. in August. He was open for lunch and dinner, but on Jan. 1 switched it up to do breakfast and lunch.

I’m always an early riser,” he said. He learned from some customers that the people, particularly Amish, arrive in the morning and need breakfast and coffee and walk to get it.

Though he’s a hot dog guy, he’s familiar with breakfast. He sold grits from the cart. He made sausage gravy when he owned a restaurant in Milford. That’s the recipe he’s using now.

He got a coffee maker from Brandon Stanley at New Paradigm and was in business making breakfast sandwiches.

These aren’t just cute little round McThings. They’re sausages, or even hot dogs, on Italian bread or muffins. The Italian has eggs, peppers and cheese on an Italian roll. There is a frozen waffle folded and topped with a smoky link, eggs, tomatoes, peppers, cheese and syrup.

“I’ve got to keep it very simple,” he said. Like the lunch menu, there are just a few offerings, but the flavors are good and the prices are low. Sandwiches range from $3 to $6.

Lunch business is strong and he’s excited about breakfast. There aren’t many places open for breakfast downtown, particularly on the south end of downtown. He’s right across from the Elkhart Post Office.

Hours are now 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

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