Dinky Dogs sets up shop in out-of-the-way location

Denis and Kimberly Knight started a hot dog business outside the Department of Energy on B 3/4 Road.

Looking for a quick, cheap and delicious Chicago-style hot dog or giant stuffed potato? “X” marks an unlikely spot right behind the Department of Energy on B 3/4 Road, behind Orchard Mesa Cemetery.

Dinky Dogs Gourmet Hot Dogs opened this week just outside the Business Incubator, who helped launch the new a la carte business.

“We figured it was just as good as any place because it’s easy and convenient to the people who work around here,” said Denis Knight, who co-owns the new business with his wife, Kimberly.

Business is starting to pick up as the employees at the Department of Energy learn of the quick lunch available right behind their building.

Roxy Kanka, an employee of S.M. Stoller, said she heard about the hot dog cart from an e-mail that was circulated throughout the DOE building. She ordered a giant stuffed baked potato topped with chili and cheese. “It’s such a hassle to go out to lunch, so it’s good to have this option,” she said.

In addition to hot dogs, the cart offers grilled cheese and hamburgers. Denis and Kimberly chose to buy a cart with a grill so that they could offer as much variety on their menu as possible. They also are trying to purchase as much local inventory as possible, like the homemade buns from Homestyle Bakery.

The Knights closed their trucking company last fall due to the lagging economy and because of stricter regulations affecting the oil and gas industry, they say. Finding themselves unemployed opened up this new opportunity. “We just didn’t know what to do, so we decided to give this a shot,” Denis said.

“We think it’s just beautiful down here, so we hope people find us,” he said.

The Knights said they would like to make the location their primary spot, but hope to move the cart to various festivals as well during the summer months.


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