February 1, 2015
11:35 am

Hot Dog Kart Returns

Now that we've shoved aside the snowblower in favor of the lawn mower, and now that the front end loaders along St. Joseph's Silver Beach are moving acres of sand instead of mountains of snow, we can finally officially kick open the door to the gentler weather of spring and summer in Michigan's Great Southwest. It's never quite official until Ben Yacobozzi and his family roll out their colorful Hot Dog Kart and reclaim their sacred corner of State and Broad Streets in the central business district of downtown St. Joseph. That rite of spring arrived right on schedule today despite chilly temperatures and brisk winds chasing up the avenue.

The Hot Dog Kart has logged a full 30-years now at that corner, and entering their 31st year on the job. Ben and his crew, mostly family members, are still the only mobile hot dog vendor ensconced in The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. That was an honor bestowed upon the Hot Dog Kart back in the spring of 2012. No other mobile vendor has ever achieved that elite status. All other entrants in the Hall are brick and mortar stores of some nature.

Yacobozzi and his children and co-workers have anchored the central position at the corner of State & Broad for more than three decades, providing college tuition money for multiple family members over the years, and more importantly to the rest of us, a great lunch time staple that tops the charts no matter where you consider the competition to hail from. 

Look for the multi-colored umbrella and gleaming stainless steel cart just outside of Moxie's Boutique for a great lunch of a Chicago Style Dog, chips and a soft drink any day from now through the end of summer.