Hot Diggity Owner Expanding to the UK
By Danya Henninger
November 8, 2013
Photo by: Danya Henninger
Keith Garabedian is gearing up to spread his love of hot dogs far and wide, and when we say far, we’re not kidding. This December, the Hot Diggity chef-owner will travel across the Atlantic to launch a brand new hot dog concept in England. Tentatively titled “Big Dog,” the shop will offer a similar menu to his South Street spot, including unique toppings on a variety of franks and sausages as well as hand-cut fries and housemade dipping sauces.
After being approached by UK restaurateur Roni Kalron, Garabedian worked on the Big Dog concept to tailor it to British tastes. While hot dogs are ensconced in American culture, the same isn’t really true in the UK, so the menu will incorporate a lot of classic British comfort food into the toppings - think mushy peas, chicken tikka masala, black pudding and piccalilli relish. Franks will be sourced from nearby Germany, and there will be vegetarian options as well.
The first outpost of the European store will be located in Birmingham, about 100 miles northwest of London. While Garabedian is overseas infiltrating England with his creations, homebase will continue to operate under the capable hands of general manager Jake Sherwood. As long as we don’t have to give up any of our Hot Diggity, we’re all for the expansion. Congrats, Keith!