Sahlen’s march of delicious meat products from Western New York to points across the United States continues with the addition of the company’s great-tasting hot dogs to the menu at Grillers, a popular family restaurant in Emerson, N.J.
Earlier this week, we had a chance to catch up with Larry, the owner of the six-month-old establishment in Bergen County, just west of New York City.
“My wife and I traveled the world and ate hot dogs from east to west,” he explained. “Our last stop was Ted’s Hot Dogs on Niagara Falls Boulevard (in Amherst, N.Y.). My wife said, ‘This is the hot dog we will use.’”
Ted’s Hot Dogs is a legendary fast food chain in Western New York that famously serves Sahlen’s products. Larry, interestingly enough, is a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y. and fondly remembers quaffing Sahlen’s Hot Dogs at Ted’s as well as the popular Tonawanda, N.Y. snack shack Old Man River — culinary relationships that began in earnest “as soon as I got my driver’s license,” he chuckled.
Grillers, according to an article published in The Pascack Press, opened on July 12, 2013 and “offers burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wings, fries, smoothies, and more. The restaurant also features a variety of very intriguing and exciting special meats on their ‘wild side’ burgers, such as venison, elk and bison. These specialty meats are all flown in from a USDA facility in Colorado and ground at Grillers, where they are served fresh.”
Larry’s commitment to the finest meat products made Sahlen’s a natural fit for his burgeoning restaurant.
“Sahlen’s are fresh-made and arrive fresh at our store,” he said. “And the taste – smooth, great tasting. I’ve spent 35 years travelling the world, and eating fresh and non-fresh foods. I wanted to bring the best to our very own restaurant.”
Grillers serves Sahlen’s Smokehouse Hot Dogs, Natural Casing Wieners, All-Beef Jumbo Hot Dogs, Skinless Wieners, and foot-longs at the Emerson location – and, if the restaurant continues its successful growth, that selection of Sahlen’s may take a trip across the Hudson River.
“We want to open several (Grillers) in the next few years,” Larry noted. “We were drawn to Emerson by the small-town location, and we’re able to bring real food to the community. The next location, maybe a bigger community. Maybe Brooklyn.”
If you’re in or near the tri-state area, stop by Grillers, 180 Kinderkamack Road, Emerson, N.J. Grillers is online at www.grillersnj.com.
“As people learn about us, and try our fresh food,” Larry concluded, “they come back.”