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Hot Dog Shoppe growing

The new ownership of the Hot Dog Shoppe restaurants hope Boardman’s logo — “A Nice Place to Call Home” — rings true.

In fact, it is counting on it as it expands the brand with a new restaurant — the fourth for the iconic chain that got its humble start 75 years ago in Warren — in the township.

The restaurant planned for the former Denny’s restaurant, 154 Boardman Canfield Road, due west of the Market Street intersection, will be the first new Hot Dog Shoppe in the Mahoning Valley in more than a half century. The last to open was Jib Jab Hot Dog Shoppe in Girard in 1970.

The Boardman location is planned to be the springboard toward further expanding the Hot Dog Shoppe brand given, its owner said, there’s really no significant hot dog concept around.

“We want to honor everything that is here. We think we can share it with other people and will start with Boardman and when we’re able to do that, our goal is to franchise this,” Greg Vojnovic, president / CEO of Hot Dog Shoppe Holdings LLC, said.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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