Freret Street sausage shop Dat Dog is now staffed up and officially up to speed in their new space across the street from the old one. They opened up over there unofficially a couple of weeks ago but kicked it off for real this morning with a press release and a "Grande Opening" party for friends and family. Probably the best description of the shop's evolution:
Dat Dog has gone from one hotdog guy and a retired federal prosecutor to over 30 trained staff. It features an International Beer & Wine Bar. The whole thing is a European Cafe on Freret St. Outside the converted petrol station you are surrounded by all the colors of an umbrella world with tables and chairs.
With that "European Cafe" feel (which owner Skip Murray recently told Eater was the goal of this new space), hopefully Freret Street gets a more walkable, community-oriented feel to it. In any case, despite being open for just over a year and officially opening their new space today, Dat Dog already feels like an institution on the rapidly-developing street.
For now, the new Dat Dog is open Tuesday to Sunday, opening at 11 a.m. and staying open till 9 p.m. on weeknights, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. on Sunday. They'll be open on Mondays sometime "on the horizon."
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