Wallingford restaurant to host hot dog eating contest to raise money for hurricane relief, animal shelter

Wallingford restaurant to host hot dog eating contest to raise money for hurricane relief, animal shelter

Record-Journal


WALLINGFORD — A local business will host a hot dog eating contest later this month to raise money for areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the local animal shelter.

Dog House Grill, which opened in the former Greek Guy location at 628 S. Colony Road this summer, will host the contest on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.

Money raised from the event, in addition to all restaurant sales made that day, will be split and donated to hurricane relief and the Wallingford Animal Shelter.

After The Greek Guy restaurant moved to a larger location along Route 5 this summer, Greek Guy owner Chris Nakis and his managing partner Derek Amodio opened Dog House Grill in the South Colony Road location on June 15. The restaurant serves hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and a variety of appetizers. Amodio said he hopes to make the charity eating contest an ongoing tradition.

“We hope to benefit local businesses in this tight knit community,” Amodio said. “Wallingford has welcomed us with open arms since the day we opened. Having a fun-filled family event is the least we could do.”

The contest is open for up to 25 contestants, who will be judged by how many hot dogs they can eat in 6 minutes and 28 seconds. The time was picked because the restaurant’s address is 628. The entry fee to compete is $25. The event is free for non-competitors.

Dogs from the local animal shelter will be at the event for a “puppy kissing booth.” The restaurant will also sell homemade dog treats and donate sales to the animal shelter.

Angela Ruberto, Amodio’s fiancée, said the couple wanted to raise money for the shelter because they love animals.

The event is being sponsored by Hummel Brothers hot dog company, which will supply hot dogs for the contest.

mzabierek@record-journal.com 203-317-2279 Twitter: @MatthewZabierek


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