The end of an era

Hot Dog Mike has been serving hot dogs street-side in Little Rock since 2009.

Hot Dog Mike has been serving hot dogs street-side in Little Rock since 2009.
Jan 02
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Little Rock bids farewell to a beloved hot dog vendor at the end of the month.

It's the end of an era as Little Rock's most popular hot dog purveyor prepares to leave the capitol city.

Mike Juiliano, better known as Hot Dog Mike, announced Dec. 31 on his blog that he'll be leaving Little Rock in order to be closer to family in his home state of New Jersey. In particular, he's going to take over his family business, an antiques shop which Juiliano's father has run for over 30 years.

Juiliano said he plans to bring "a few modern technologies and business ideas" to his family's business, but noted that what his father has been doing for years already seems to work very well.

Some of those modern technologies might include a website and the use of social media, as both have been key in keeping Hot Dog Mike connected to his fans and customers.

He stressed that it was a hard decision to make, and that he is thankful for the love and support he's received from Little Rock.

But the hot-dog making will continue — Juiliano said he plans on giving his cart a home in front of the shop and serving his now famous chili dogs, Polish dogs and maybe even a few Woo Pig Hot Dogs.

Hot Dog Mike will be serving Little Rock for one more month until he packs up and heads north at the end of January.

Read more from Hot Dog Mike at hotdogmike.com.

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