Tim Lingerfelt had an award-winning hot dog recipe. Traci Gibson had a background in catering and fast food – including a stint running a Lake Norman hot dog boat. This week, the pair opened a new fast-foot shop called Hot Diggitee Dogz in the former Raeford’s Grill on Davidson’s West Side.
Hot Diggitee Dogz opened with a big splash last Friday, Oct., giving away free food to several hundred Davidson police officers, firefighters, office workers and neighbors. It officially opened for business Tuesday, and will offer takeout hot dogs, burgers and other sandwiches for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Ms. Gibson said Tuesday that Mr. Lingerfelt has been eying the little concrete-block building for some time as a potential location for what could be the first in a chain of Hot Diggittee Dogz shops. When she catered his 50th birthday party in July, the two talked about pooling their expertise. Within weeks, they were off and running.
The building, owned by the Raeford family, has seen a string of eateries come and go in the past two years, most recently Chef Charles Grill 2 Go, which closed in August. In September, the Town Board designated the tiny building as a historic landmark, because it’s the oldest remaining commercial structure in Davidson’s historically African-American West Side neighborhood.
Hot Diggitee Dogz’s menu is simple and inexpensive. The signature Hot Diggitee Dog is $3, and comes with mustard, pimiento cheese, chili and cole slaw. They also have plain hot dogs for $2 and a Reuben Dog for $3. Burger lovers can try the Lotta Burger ($4), a handmade 2-patty burger with American cheese melted through coleslaw, and tomato. There’s also a Chick N Cheese sandwich and a sausage-and-peppers entry. All are served on potato hot dog rolls (even the burger).
Ms. Gibson said the partners’ are planning to perfect their offering and scout for other sites to turn Hot Diggitee Dogz into a Lake Norman specialty. “We hope for 2 more,” she said, including a second site as early as next year.
Here’s another bit of local flavor to the place: The man behind the grill is Davidsonian Albert Ponder. Al has worked at a variety of restaurants and kitchens in the area. Now he’s got one of the shortest commutes in town: He lives right next door, on Mock Road.
Hot Diggitee Dogz
300 Mock Circle, near Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson
MENU: Takeout only, specializing in hot dogs, burgers, other sandwiches, fries.
HOURS: Tuesdays to Fridays 11 am-2 pm; 4:30-7 pm; Saturdays 11 am-2 pm; closed Sun. & Mon.
PHONE: 704-896-3649 (they take call-in/pick-up orders).