Couple start hot dog cart business on BroadwayA little bite of the big city has come to Fargo. Broadway Dogs, a New York-style hot dog cart, started operating Aug. 3 in the 200 block of downtown Fargo near the U.S. Bank plaza.
By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM
- Ownership: Lori and John Stenerson
- Where: The stand operates from the 200 block of Broadway in downtown Fargo.
- Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Contact: (701) 200-8821
- Online: www.facebook.com/pages/Fargo-ND/Broadway-Dogs/143917725620113
A little bite of the big city has come to Fargo.
Broadway Dogs, a New York-style hot dog cart, started operating Aug. 3 in the 200 block of downtown Fargo near the U.S. Bank plaza.
The business, owned by Lori and John Stenerson, is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting.
The Stenersons have lived downtown for 2 1/2 years and thought a hot dog cart was just was the area needed, they said.
“Fargo’s ready for this,” Lori Stenerson said. “We need the color. We need the life.”
“Fargo’s getting to be a larger city, and it’s ready for some big-city amenities,” John Stenerson added.
Lori Stenerson, who operated a hot dog cart in Wyoming, said she was initially worried about being allowed to start the business.
In fall 2003, Fargo started revamping an ordinance related to selling merchandise from sidewalks, crosswalks, alleys or public grounds. Metro Drug had been grilling on the sidewalk in front of its store at 123 Broadway for 13 years, but according to city law, the practice was illegal.
After much discussion and controversy, city officials changed the ordinance to allow sidewalk grilling on a regulated pushcart.
Metro Drug stopped its Thursday sidewalk grilling a couple of years ago.
Stenerson worked with city officials to pick out a spot where she could operate. She also met with the police, fire, and health departments to make sure she was doing it the right way, she said.
Broadway Dogs offers a variety of hot dogs, including a spicy dog, chili dog and the popular Double Dare Dog – two hot dogs in one bun.
The hot dogs and buns come from local companies, Stenerson said.
She hopes to keep the cart up until the end of October and will likely bring it out again in mid-May.
Reactions have been mixed. Some people don’t know what to make of it, and others are really excited, Stenerson said.
“It’s a great experience eating off of a hot dog cart,” she said. “People who eat there have all enjoyed it.”
Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526