Mad Dogs menu in­spired by movie ti­tles

Cham­ber hosted rib­bon-cut­ting at grand open­ing event

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs hosted its grand open­ing at 100 N. Con­sti­tu­tion Blvd. in Kutz­town on Feb. 18. North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­bers helped Mad Dogs cel­e­brate with a rib­bon cut­ting out front of the hot dog shop.

At­ten­dees en­joyed sam­ples of hot dogs that fea­tured movie-themed top­pings. Menu items in­clude movie ti­tles such as Napoleon Dy­na­mite, Gone With The Wind, and Fer­ris Bueller’s Day Off.

“I like top­pings and I like spicy food. I had Good Morn­ing Viet­nam and I loved it,” said North­east Berks Cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Lori Donofrio-Gal­ley. “It’s not a ba­sic hot dog. You can have a ba­sic hot dog. They also have veg­e­tar­ian hot dogs. But I like the top­pings.”

Donofrio-Gal­ley said Mad Dogs adds an­other place in Kutz­town to eat.

“As you know, the col­lege com­mu­nity is very in­ter­ested in eater­ies and all dif­fer­ent types of food. I think for the most part the other eater­ies spe­cial­ize in pizza or cer­tain kinds of sand­wiches. This is spe­cial­iz­ing in hot dogs.”

Donofrio-Gal­ley noted that Mad Dogs is also in­volved in phi­lan­thropy and wants to sup­port lo­cal non­prof­its, in­clud­ing Friend.

“We’re pleased to add a new mem­ber to the Cham­ber and will con­tinue to part­ner with them for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity,” said Donofrio-Gal­ley.

Fleet­wood res­i­dents Karin and Mark Cross­ley and their daugh­ter Michaela, 18, said Mad Dogs is great.

“Great orig­i­nal fla­vors, very unique,” said Karin.

“The Rocky dog so far has been re­ally good,” said Mark. “It’s like a cheese steak and hot dog all in one. It’s re­ally good. Hope­fully they do well. To­tally unique hot dogs.”

“I think it’ll be a good place for the col­lege stu­dents to come and hang out and it’s a nice fam­ily at­mos­phere here, too,” said Karin.

“It’s def­i­nitely adding to Main Street,” said Michaela.

Own­ers Melissa Casto and Chris Moyer opened Mad Dogs in Jan­uary af­ter buy­ing Potts-U Hot Dogs, housed in the same lo­ca­tion. The Ma­cungie cou­ple has worked in Kutz­town in the past.

“We jumped on it. We thought it was a great op­por­tu­nity and it’s been a bless­ing so far,” said Casto dur­ing the grand open­ing event while Moyer pre­pared hot dog dishes such as the Break­fast At Tif­fany’s dog topped with scram­bled egg, smashed tater tots, ba­con, and Amer­i­can cheese. “Me and Chris, we re­ally en­joy be­ing to­gether and work­ing to­gether. It’s just re­ally been a good op­por­tu­nity for us.”

They hope to bring to the com­mu­nity an­other place for lo­cals to eat, of­fer­ing unique hot dog top­ping choices.

“Chris is amaz­ing with his unique­ness of the menu. He did an ex­cel­lent job. Chris has al­ways been very cre­ative with ev­ery­thing he’s done. He’s an ex­cel­lent chef,” said Casto.

They both have an affin­ity for movies.

“We’re both big movie buffs,” she said. “We watch a lot of movies in our spare time so we in­cor­po­rated (movies) into the busi­ness. In ev­ery movie there’s some­thing to do with a hot dog or an in­spi­ra­tion for the burger of the week or the hot dog of the week.”

Top dogs in­clude the King Kong with two grilled dogs, French fries, cheese sauce, ba­con, and chili sauce. Napoleon Dy­na­mite is a grilled dog topped with tater tots, ba­con, cheese sauce, and Mad Dog sauce. Rocky is a grilled dog with chopped rib-eye steak, caramelized onion, and wit wiz.

“The Wall Street is the big­gest,” said Casto, nam­ing one of the more pop­u­lar choices.

The Wall Street is a grilled dog topped with home­made chili sauce, spicy brown mus­tard, and raw onion.

“We’re al­ways about the com­mu­nity,” said Casto who hopes to vol­un­teer at lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions in the near fu­ture.

Mad Dogs held a fundraiser for Friend Inc., Dine to Do­nate on Feb. 23 and dur­ing the grand open­ing bas­kets were raf­fled off to ben­e­fit

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an­i­mals at the Sanc­tu­ary at Haafsville.

“I love Kutz­town. It’s such a lo­cal feel. It’s a very good com­mu­nity,” said Casto. “Kutz­town has re­ally blessed us. It has such a good home­town feel here. I re­ally like it.”

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs in Kutz­town, with North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­bers, cel­e­brated their grand open­ing with a rib­bon-cut­ting on Feb. 18.

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs own­ers Chris Moyer and Melissa Casto opened Mad Dogs in Jan­uary af­ter buy­ing Potts-U Hot Dogs in Kutz­town. They cel­e­brated their grand open­ing on Feb. 18.

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs in Kutz­town of­fered sam­ples of the top dogs dur­ing their grand open­ing on Feb. 18.

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