By Staff | North Jersey
Daniel DeMiglio can barely contain his enthusiasm. Which is understandable, considering that the 31-year-old is finally getting the chance to do what he is convinced he was “born and raised to do”: sell his family’s famous deep-fried extra-long hot dogs, Callahan’s.
More than seven years after his family closed their legendary hot dog spot on Palisades Avenue in Fort Lee, DeMiglio, the grandson of founder Leonard “Artie” Castranni, is bringing Callahan’s back – this time, on wheels. DeMiglio bought a food truck and plans on selling his dogs all over Bergen County: the very same hot dogs, he proudly assured, that his grandfather, uncle and father sold for 46 years. “I even have the original cook,” DeMiglio said. “It’s the same hot dog, the same buns, the same everything.” Oh yes, even the same price: $3 for a dog.
The only difference? Wheels. “Now I can go to the people – to weddings, to parties, to festivals.”
DeMiglio said that when his family shuttered their business in July 2006, two months after he graduated from college, “it was extremely heartbreaking for me.” When recently he announced on Facebook that Callahan’s is back, he proudly said, “I got 2,000 likes in one day.”
Callahan’s will be in West New York on Saturday and April 19, at the Riverwalk Outdoor Market. For more info and to follow the truck, visit callahanshotdogs.com.
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