Cori’s DogHouse, the Mt. Juliet eatery that has built a fan following for its 38 different hot dogs served on thick, New England-style buns, is coming to Nashville’s bustling West End corridor.
The second Cori’s DogHouse location is set to open today at 106 29th Ave. N., just off West End in the space that formerly housed U.S. Border Cantina.
Sean “Sully” Sullivan, who was a 20-year veteran of the downtown bar and restaurant scene before opening the first Cori’s in 2010, said the Nashville outpost will have the same menu, but with a lot more seating, a bigger patio and the addition of beer on draft and in bottles. Sullivan’s business partner is another bar biz veteran, Jeff Troiano, who will be general manager of the Nashville Cori’s.
Every hot dog spot in town has its passionate advocates. What Cori’s fans point to is the thick bun (which is buttered and heated on the griddle) along with the 35 wide-ranging toppings. The hot dog inside the bun is Sabrett’s all-beef, and it’s also cooked on the griddle, but Sullivan says they’ll try to honor requests for other modes of preparation.
Cori’s menu has 38 signature dogs, many inspired by geographic regions (the Cincinnati dog with chili, cheese and onions; the odd-but-compelling Seattle dog with sauerkraut, onions and cream cheese). But given that customers can mix and match their own choices of toppings, there are actually 4 million mathematically possible combinations, Sullivan said. We’ll have to trust him on the arithmetic.
Cori’s sponsors a feat of eating, but it’s not a speed challenge like certain other hot dog eating competitions. Cori’s customers who work their way through the entire menu, eventually eating all 38 dogs, get to have their picture mounted on the Wall of Wieners, plus a free T-shirt, a free hot dog and 10 percent off their check at Cori’s — for life. With two locations, patrons will be able to work on their quest at either, but the celebration and enshrinement will take place wherever they eat that 38th dog.
In addition to the hot dogs, Cori’s has other options from the wiener world, like bratwurst, kielbasa and Italian sausage. And other sandwiches, too, like chicken salad and pimento cheese. Sides include fries, the very popular fried pickles and several other fried things, including … the fried Twinkie for dessert. It comes topped with powdered sugar and your choice of chocolate, raspberry, caramel or vanilla sauce. And yes, you can get a scoop of ice cream on that.
Crêpes for Cool Springs
Crêpes, both sweet and savory, are the bread-and-butter of a new cafe that plans to open in Cool Springs in October.
Well, “new” cafe isn’t completely accurate, because owner Paula Pike has been operating Wholy Crêpe for a while in the town of Glen Falls in the picturesque Adirondack Mountains of New York. She’s closing shop there and moving the restaurant to Cool Springs so she can team up with her sister, Donne-Lynn Greiner, who lives in Franklin.
The sisters grew up around food: The family business was a bed-and-breakfast in upstate New York that served French cuisine — and they know their way around a good crêpe. Pike said a further reason for moving the business to the Nashville area is that it represents a larger market with room for expansion.
“My ambition is to eventually open multiple locations,” she said.
The sisters hope to open Wholy Crêpe in the Meridian development off Carothers Parkway in October, and if all goes well, they’ll start looking for a second spot next year.
Though hours are still somewhat tentative, they plan to open at 7 a.m. and serve until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, they’ll stay open for dinner and dessert until 9:30 p.m.
The menu will be the same one that Pike says she perfected in Glen Falls: sweet and savory crêpes, salads and homemade soups. The new place will have a cappuccino bar, and the team hopes to secure a full liquor license, so that in addition to beer and wine, they’ll offer a special list of gourmet coffee drinks spiked with cordials to accompany dessert and warm up the autumn evenings ahead.