The Times West Virginian


June 7, 2009

Drake’s Hot Dogs: Keeping it simple

FAIRMONT — Larry Drake is trying to “keep everything simple” with his new business, Drake’s Hot Dogs.

Drake’s Hot Dogs opened last week at 715 Locust Ave., across the street from College Lunch. Its official first day of business was June 2.

Drake, who lives in Watson, said he decided to establish his own business so he could do something new and help “boost the economy.”

“I’ve been wanting to do this for about two years,” he said.

Drake grew up in the area and attended Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State University. Locust Avenue needed another food place and a restaurant like his, he said.

“There was no hot dog stand ... on this side of town,” Drake said.

He said he doesn’t personally like hot dogs very much, but he wanted to open an establishment that was easy to operate himself and also cater to college students.

“This is something I can do on my own,” Drake said.

He said his wife Christal also helps with the business.

In addition to hot dogs, the store sells pepperoni rolls, homemade pulled pork barbecue, nachos and cheese, chips and beverages. Drake’s Hot Dogs will be getting a beer license in July.

“It’s just a simple hot dog place,” Drake said.

The building where Drake’s Hot Dogs is located used to be a flower store — Wells Flowers. Drake said the structure didn’t need many repairs to get set up for business. The bar had to be built, and a bit of plumbing and electrical work was also necessary.

Some customers have already stopped by the shop, and Drake is trying to get the word out to let other people know that his business is open.

Drake’s Hot Dogs is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 304-612-3303.

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