How Long Would You Wait In Line for a 91-cent Ted’s Hot Dog?
Ted's Hot Dogs is observing its 91st year in business and to celebrate they're offering 91-cent hot dogs at their nine Western New York locations and the one in Tempe, Arizona. And they expect to sell 50-thousand hot dogs surpassing last year's record of 45,000.
Since most of the locations are open about 11 hours a day that works out to be more than 4500 hot dogs an hour or more than 75 hot dogs a minute. Divided by 10 locations that means every location has to sell, cook and serve 7 and a half hot dogs a minute.
You have to hustle to put out that many hot dogs in a day, but the people behind the counter say they're up to the task and they say it's actually fun and it's a day they look forward to.
I got over to the Sheridan Drive location when they opened at 10:30 and there was already a pretty good line in place. It took a little over 10 minutes to be served and at just 91-cents per hot dog there's always that temptation, but I went with just two with a regular drink.
I heard people ordering 8, 10, 12 or more to go. By the time I was done with my lunch there were two lines stretching out the door and the wait was considerably longer than the one I had to wait in. There were reports that some people waited in line for an hour for their hot dogs last year.
91-cents for a charcoal broiled hot dog is a pretty good deal these days, but it's not even close to what it cost back in the days when Ted Liaros opened up his first hot dog stand at the foot of Massachusetts Avenue under the Peace Bridge in 1927. Back then you could buy a hot dog and a drink for just 22-cents.