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Popular hot dog stand celebrates 70 years

Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 11:31:22-04

Dennis McNaney and his wife Kay bought the Red Top Hot Dog stand in 1980. They are the fourth owners of the Hamburg eatery

This year the popular Southyowns business is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The regulars look forward to the restaurants annual March 1st opening.

Dennis said, "When we open, everyone thinks the weather is going to be just fine from now on and of course we all know that's not the case."

There is nothing fancy at Red Top, unless you count those fancy fresh cut fries made from locally grown potatoes and hot dogs, charbroiled over real charcoal. Dennis said, "The secret is to have a good hot dog and it's got to be cooked properly and we try and cook it with a smile."

There have not been many changes here since they opened in 1946. The restaurant still sits on a spot overlooking Lake Erie.

"Everybody likes to see the water, it's gorgeous in the Summertime. Some of the sights you see out here are beautiful," Dennis said.

He will eventually pass the business down to his daughter Lisa so that the Red Top tradition will continue to welcome old friends as well as the new.