(04/02/14) - The Grand Blanc Hot Stand is back in business for another season, but not just any season - we're talking the fiftieth anniversary.
"It's still a shocker. Fifty years is a long time, and we're looking forward to another 50," said Rhonda Moore, Hot Dog Stand owner.
The Stand opened for a couple of hours early Wednesday morning to sell 50 cent dogs - the first of several 50 cent dog days planned for this year. With a little Facebook promotion, the parking lot was full by 7 a.m.
"I got out of bed to come out here this morning. I ordered four," said Milton Tucker, customer.
"I love their hot dogs. They're great. I moved to Arkansas for eight years, when I come home, this is the first place they bring me," said customer Tammy Flynn.
In just over two hours, more than 200 hot dogs had been sold.
"People were chomping at the bit to get it open after all that snow. The parking lot had two to three feet of snow on it. It was a long winter, so people are looking for some hot dogs," Moore said.
The Hot Dog Stand first opened in 1964 on South Saginaw Street, where it still sits today. In recent years, Rhonda has taken over day to day operations from her dad. She began working at the stand as a car hop while in high school.
"It's a big thing. It's unusual for a family business. I'm third generation and I've got a son who will hopefully be the fourth generation," she said.
The Hot Dog Stand began as an A&W, and was later called Hot Dog Heaven. The name has changed, but the menu has remained the same - hot dogs and homemade root beer, and really not much else.
"Keep it simple and people keep coming back. They like our product," said Jim Moore, Hot Dog Stand co-owner.
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