“I think I fill a niche,” Taylor said from behind the counter at Bob’s Dawg House, which he opened last week. “The response has been fabulous.”
Sharing space with Tena Parish’s TLCakes bakery on First Street (next to the Delta Cinema), Taylor offers “old-fashioned Coney Island hot dogs with a snap to it” – the same hot links and other all-beef wieners, dressed as you like them, popular when Taylor was last in the hot dog business. Several years ago, he operated from a cart at various public events as well as the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex.
“It’s a challenge to operate out of a cart,” said Taylor. “This is a much better arrangement.”
But because not everyone eats beef, the fare at Bob’s Dawg House includes chicken/apple and pineapple/pork sausages as well. Nachos are also on the menu, and soon to come will be ice cream floats made with specialty root beers from New York.
So what’s it like sharing a shop with the mayor?
“It’s not too bad at all,” said Parish. “He’s doing a great job and he’s bringing a lot of people into the shop who didn’t know I was here before.”
Bob’s Dawg House and TLCakes, which serves cupcakes, cookies and other baked goodies, are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is 925-513-3688.