Short Leash Hot Dogs, the venerated food truck featuring gourmet hot dogs wrapped in a warm naan "bun," soon will have a permanent dog house -- so to speak.
"We've been mulling it over for quite a while," owner Brad Moore, who operates Short Leash with his wife Kat, tells me. "At first, we weren't sure where we were going to take it, but as we've grown, it seemed to make sense."
Planned to open in mid-June, the new home of Short Leash Hot Dogs will be located at 110 East Roosevelt Street, in the former home of Tediberto's, the short-lived vegan Mexican restaurant that was shut down by its landlord last December.
Here's what fans can expect.
Like the truck, the brick-and-mortar Short Leash will feature its menu of gourmet hot dogs augmented with customer-requested specials such as the Sunny Style Hot Dog made with grilled peaches and prosciutto, bratwurst sliders cooked in Four Peaks Kiltlifter, and sausage entrees. Other items included salads, fried pickles, and corn dogs. And Moore says customers can expect portion sizes on many items to be larger than those from the truck.
Plus, the Short Leash restaurant will serve liquor, too. Moore tells me he's currently looking at craft beer and wines, many with a local focus.
And forget walking up to the window -- or even a counter. Moore says the new Short Leash will be a full-service affair, complete with a bar and a patio on the building's east side. The space seats around 45 (up to 28 on the patio) and will take on the fun, simple aesthetic Short Leash uses on their truck and in their promotional materials.
"We live close by and the downtown area is where we work and play," Moore explains as to why he selected the downtown area for the brick-and-mortar Short Leash. "After all, the Phoenix Public Market is where we started."
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Moore adds that he'll keep the Short Leash food truck running but will scale back on the number of times it's out per week. He's also adding a second Short Leash truck to the mix, one that will be used primarily for private parties and catered events. And Moore says he plans to stay active on the board of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition (a group of specialty food vendors) where he acts as treasurer, in the hopes that he can help others.
Moore hopes to correlate the mid-June opening of the permanent location of Short Leash with the food truck's third anniversary -- a milestone that gives him pause.
"The hot summers can't go by fast enough, but it's been a whirlwind," Moore says. "Kat and I have to pinch ourselves."