owned and operated since 1944, John Kovalsky founded Hot Dog Johnny's thus
earning himself the new nickname. John and his wife Louise ran Hot Dog Johnny's
in it's early days from a small modest stand to its current state as a sixties
independent roadside stand. Although both John and Louise have passed on,
their legacy lives on. A very hard working man, who believed the only way
to make an honest living was to work hard for it, stood behind his words as
he worked in the Dover mines in the day and the Hot Dog Stand at night. He
strongly believed anything was possible with the right kind of support which
he always credited his wife Louise with.
Hot Dog Johnny's opened its doors on Palm Sunday
1944 sharing space with a gas station at the intersection of Route 46 and
31 in Warren County, NJ. It wasn't long before John Kovalsky knew he outgrew
the space he occupied thus leading him to buy land along the Pequest River
on Route 46 not far from the original location. A man with great vision, he
built a hot dog stand not only to provide the best food services possible
but also to provide an atmosphere for families to meet and enjoy for years
to come. The testimonies of customers over the years prove Hot Dog Johnny's
visions were on target as they tell stories of coming to Hot Dog Johnny's
as kids with their parents and now come as parents themselves with their own
children. It's a meeting place for family and friends, a fun place for kids
to ride on the swings and whether your having your meal at the tables on the
patio or on the grass by the river one thing is for sure your experience at
Hot Dog Johnny's will be a memorable one for years to come. The
original stand is still displayed with pride on the grounds of the present
Hot Dog Johnny's property.
The business is currently being operated by Hot
Dog Johnny's daughter Patricia Fotopoulos who has been involved with the business
since it opened in 1944. At 8 years of age Pat stood on crates handing out
sodas. Today she stands proudly handing out the best Hot Dog's ever to the
most loyal customers ever.
Hot Dog Johnny's has been sited by the Travel Channel
as being one of the most popular roadside stands across the country, and has
also been featured in many major newspapers across the country.