Another Season Ends and Plan for the future.

Wow, I can’t believe another season of Mack Dawg’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs is coming to a close. I also cannot believe it’s been a year since we shared anything on this blog.

We spent most of the year selling Chicago Style Hot Dogs from the southeast corner of the Chatham, IL square. It was a great summer but we’ve seen how much more exposure we get in our season ending location in front of the old Chatham firehouse, across the street from the Post Office.

We’ve seen a small uptick in traffics during September and October that we can honestly say we will be back to the general area along Walnut next season.

Now, the plan for next year is to eventually have Mack Dawg’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs open for lunch and dinner. We may open the season with dinner service only if we can open as early as March 2019!

Rest assured, by June 2019, we will be open for lunch and dinner in Chatham, IL. We will also debut two new menu items and a new look to the cart in 2019. Stay tuned!

We will share cart modifications on the blog over the winter as well as continue to promote our Facebook page @Mackdawgs

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Don’t forget you can purchase eGift Cards to use at Mack Dawg’s and we are also selling t-shirts with a share of the proceeds to benefit charity. Head on over to our shop now page and see what we have to offer.

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As always, we want to say thank you to all who have supported us this summer in any way. We know you share our posts, but lunch from us, and have come to our events and spread the word to family and friends. For that, we THANK YOU!

Mack Dawg’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs looks forward to next season as we continue to bring you delicious Chicago Style Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, and Italian beef sandwiches. Oh, and our two new menu items for 2019.

Tales from the Dog Side: The Dog Slinger vs. the Wind.

Well, it’s been quite entertaining. I’ve let it settle in for a few days and I’ve come to the conclusion that this thing we’ve put together is gonna be huge.

We had just about gotten everything working at an acceptable level when Mother Nature decided it was her turn to join in the fun that is throwing Mack Dawg’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs curveballs that drop out of the sky.

So far, we’ve been embarrassed and frustrated all to hell, but we’ve pulled through these minor setbacks. However, Mother Nature was brought in from the bullpen and threw us an unbelievable curve ball. She has claimed three umbrellas.

The first was remarkable to witness. I was wiping down the cart and talking to my daughter last Friday while riding out our first really windy day.

When we rebuilt the cart, we installed an umbrella in the middle of the cart. We neglected to install a cotter pin. The umbrella shot out of the cart. I dropped my rag and grabbed the umbrella. Has someone snapped a pic at that moment, I probably would have looked like Mary Poppins ready to take flight.

The shift in momentum from grabbing the umbrella caused it to slam to the ground and snap a rib. Ugh!!!!!

I took the other umbrella from its stand and, stupidly, places in in the same hole, while the cart was in the same spot, while the winds weren’t getting any weaker.

I didn’t catch the second umbrella as it flew out of the cart. It snapped a rib as well. We were done for the day. Apparently, regulations require a cover to keep random things falling from the sky getting in the food.

We bought two brand new umbrellas for Monday. One was purchased two hours before its demise. Yes, we lost a brand new umbrella yesterday. We were not happy.

Thankfully we survived Wednesday without a broken umbrella. Things are looking up. On Thursday, we used our 10 x 10 tent in preparation for a gig we have on Sunday.

We will be providing n Chicago Style Hot Dogs at a benefit on Sunday, September 10th at Soccer World in Springfield. Just come find the awesome cars and bikes on display.

With all the challenges that have arisen, and with the success being greater than the sum of failures, we can only see huge things for Mack Dawg’s. In fact, we have some plans in the works and we have set our sights high.

We did add another item to our menu.

Stay tuned.

Welcome to Mack Dawg’s Chicago Style Hot dogs

Beginning late last summer and right into this early spring, we have been a family on the go. We have been living the fast paced lifestyle many of us with careers and children, or any combination of anything that causes you to live an on-the-go lifestyle, and I realized something was missing.

A great, fast dinner was missing from the equation. While we dutifully tried to prepare crock pot meals for our busy nights, we often found the need for a quick dinner. Now, our town has many big named fast food places, but let’s face it, these places aren’t really fast anymore and they aren’t always budget friendly. We’re a fa,ily of four and two are growing like weeds. We soon tired of waiting twenty minutes for food and either getting it home and eating or eating inside, we always wasted an hour or more depending on where we went.

I knew what was missing. I grew up in Chicago and there are always plenty of hot dog stands providing a quick, inexpensive meal. Our town needs a good hot dog to fuel its residents at an affordable price.

As of this posting, the journey is not even begun. The cart is coming along nicely despite the shed blood and tears. Once the cart has been completed it;s on to the county inspector to make sure everything meets codes.

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We are aiming for an August 1, 2017 grand opening with a location to be determined. The site will be updated regularly.

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