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Hot Dogs With A Snap!

Vinnie's serves up hot dogs with a New York accent.

When Vinnie Vedella was a little boy in New York City, he dreamed of becoming a famous baseball player. 

Fresh out of college, Vinnie decided he needed a change of scenery and drove “out West” with a friend to crash on a family member’s couch. Thirty years later, Vinnie is still here.

After owning a heating and air business for several years, Vinnie decided it was time to get out of the construction business for good.  On Feb. 21, 2012, Vinnie opened the doors to Famous Vinnie’s Hot Dogs on West Texas Street across from Allan Witt Park.

The store is cozy with a few tables and a small counter area. The sounds of classic rock greet you along with the friendly girls behind the counter. Baseball pennants and other memorabilia keep the theme casual and inviting. Originally Johanne’s Hot Dog, the building housed other businesses including a barbecue restaurant prior to coming full-circle as a hot dog stand once again. 

One might wonder about the transition from construction to food, but Vinnie is no stranger to the business.  Growing up in New York City, Vinnie was immersed in the business for 20 years while his parents owned an Italian restaurant.

When asked why hot dogs, Vinnie said he simply “loves hotdogs.” 

Vinnie’s offers 10 types of hot dogs, which feature that all-important “snap” factor. 

Unless you’re a hot dog connoisseur, you’ve probably never heard of snap factor – it’s how the hot dog snaps out of the casing when you bite it. 

According to Vinnie, the snap factor is synonymous with good
old-fashioned hot dogs. Vinnie also sources local ingredients to guarantee freshness.

Vinnie’s claims “a great hot dog at a good price”, along with “the quickest lunch in town.” 

Hours are Monday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m.

Patch sat down with Vinnie Vedella and asked him the following questions:

What’s your favorite hotdog?

The Chili and Cheese dog, also the most popular in the store.

Why “Famous” in Famous Vinnie’s?

Sounded catchy like another familiar brand – Famous Amos.

What is your favorite food to cook?

Spaghetti with meatball gravy (NY slang for red sauce).

What is your favorite thing to eat besides hot dogs?

Spaghetti with meatball gravy!

What is your dream car?

A '69 Camaro in LeMans blue.

What do you do in your spare time?

Golf.

Your favorite course?

Paradise Valley.

Who’s your favorite baseball team?

The Yankees.

What’s your favorite music?

Good 'ol rock-n-roll.

Where is your favorite spot in Fairfield?

Anywhere on a golf course.

What is the upside to owning a hot dog stand vs. a construction business?

Getting to work with a variety of customers and regulars, from kids to the elderly.

What is your vision for Famous Vinnie’s Hot Dog?

To expand to at least two more locations and to be known for having a great hot dog!

If you are a local business owner who would like to sit down for a chat and be featured in our 'Getting to Know' column, please contact us at carlos.villatoro@patch.com.

LEEANNE THOMAS October 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Great article! Makes me want to "snap" in there and get a chili dog!
Carlos Villatoro October 12, 2012 at 08:19 AM
I am now so very curious about the snap factor! time to get over there for some hot dogs!
alan October 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM
We stopped by a couple weeks ago after the kids got out of school. We were very happy with the service, the place, and the food. My chile dog with raw onions was perfect. Order the Coney if you don't want beans in the chile. My kids were also pleased with their dogs. This is not a healthy heart, whole wheat, vegi-dog kind of place. Vinnie’s is where you go when you want a quality dog with great toppings. The prices are comparable to a trip to McDonalds.
Robert Paul October 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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loml126 October 17, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Not only a great snap, but the freshest bun to compliment my kraut dog... yum! i highly recommend Vinnies...

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