UPDATE: I just confirmed with a spokesperson for Hofmann's Hots that the restaurant will be open for hot dog consumption this Friday morning at 11 a.m. The restaurant will operate from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Hofmann Hots, the diner-themed hot dog restaurant in the Trinity Groves complex, will open its doors to the public within a few weeks. A number of press events and soft openings have been scheduled over over the next few days while they work out any remaining kinks.
Hofmann Hots is the latest of a string of restaurant projects to be "incubated" at the Trinity Groves project, including Babb Bros. BBQ and Blues, an Asian street food concept and more.
A menu preview teases fajita dogs with bell peppers and cheese, Himalayan dogs with curry aioli and chutney, bruschetta and other specialty dogs, but I'm most interested in the links themselves.
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Hofmann's Sausage brands their links as a snappy griller, in reference to the natural casings used when making the hot dogs. If you've ever had a good rendition you know they pop when you bite through the casing. I've heard the claim for snappy dogs at the Bowery, and most recently at Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs, but the tube steaks never deliver. We'll see if Hoffman's, which is based out of Syracuse, New York, makes good on that snappy promise.