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Brad and Kat Moore of Short Leash Hot Dogs on What to Expect at Their Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant and the Best Part About Owning a Food Truck

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The Short Leash Hot Dogs brick-and-mortar location, Sit...Stay -- located off Roosevelt Row -- is set to open Tuesday, July 23. The Moores, as you might expect, are excited -- and just shy of overwhelmed. When we stopped by with just more than two weeks to go, they were still looking at an unpainted space with stacked tables and no chairs. They know -- or at least, they have faith -- that everything will fall into place. But until it does, they'll have their hands more than full. In addition to the permanent space, they also added a second truck. And they say both vehicles are busy.

As far as the Sit...Stay menu goes, the Moores are sticking with what they know works: their well-loved hot dogs, a few carefully selected items from their year doing Sit . . . Stay in the parking lot of Frances, and beer and wine.

The biggest changes will be in the presentation of the hot dogs. At the restaurant, your Aiko (a naan-wrapped dog with mango chutney, diced jalapeños, red onions, fresh cilantro, and mayo) will come with a side of chips to make it a more complete meal. And the nosh plates and other dishes they've been rotating and testing at Friday night Sit . . . Stay events will be tweaked slightly to become either more conventional appetizers or meals.

The couple says they combed through a year's worth of specials, picking out the most popular ones to put on the new menu. In more ways than one, that Friday night dinner service was the thing that made them confident a move to a brick-and-mortar space would work.

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Lauren Saria
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