Big Dawgs Naples is finally up and running after a four-month hiatus. The red stationary food cart, which sells authentic Vienna Beef hot dogs, reopened its doors on Jan. 17, 2018. “Today is our first day back,” said owner Bryan Ullom.
The food cart is on the corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Estey Avenue in Naples.
Big Dawgs had to close its doors in September after it experienced damage from Hurricane Irma. Bryan had plans to reopen in the earlier part of January, but minor setbacks pushed Big Dawgs’ reopening to the third week of January.
As the snowbird season approaches, Bryan expects his food truck business to flourish. Nationwide, the food truck industry pulled in close to $2.7 billion in revenue in 2017, according to Emergent Research .
While you may not see tons of stationary food trucks lining the streets of Southwest Florida, Big Dawgs is unique to the area. “This is the only one in Naples,” Bryan explained. “There are a few food trucks in Naples, but we are the only stationary one. It has been grandfathered in for about 17 years.”
A stationary food cart is a conventional “storefront” operating full-time at a single location.
You won’t get just any ole type of hot dogs at Big Dawgs. Big Dawgs serves up authentic Vienna Beef hot dogs, which are popular in Chicago.
Vienna Beef was created by Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany. The duo introduced their hotdog recipe at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
If you’re experiencing hot dog cravings, head on over to Big Dawgs in Naples Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.