Weenie Kings: A part of Three Rivers history
THREE RIVERS — The Weenie Kings truck in Three Rivers seems to be everywhere. While the traveling business spends most of its time at Hardings on West Michigan Avenue, the truck has been seen serving hot dogs around Three Rivers for over a decade.
“I’ve been doing this for so long because of the people. Everyday there is someone new, they are never the same, and they are always so happy. Rarely do we ever see people unhappy, unless it is raining or cold, people really seem to like us around,” owner Mike King said.
Mike King started the business in 2006 after recovering from a bad car accident, which caused some memory loss. He said he started Weenie Kings “as authentic as you can get,” serving classic chili-and-cheese dogs while displaying its menu on cardboard.
After suggestions from customers, Mike King said he added to the menu. Customers came to his stand with ideas and King gave them the opportunity to name their own hot dog combination for the menu.
“No one was doing anything like this. No one else was doing hot dogs outside of chili and cheese, no Chicago-style hot dogs, no nothing,” Mike King said.
Other hot dogs on the menu include a Beanie-Weenie, with baked beans, cheddar cheese sauce, bacon and mustard, a Hill Billy dog, with chili sauce, coleslaw, a dill slice, and celery salt, and a Bounty dog, which features bacon, pineapple, sautéed onions, cheddar cheese sauce, and roasted garlic. Weenie Kings also serves chips, taco-in-a-bag, cold soda, bottled water, and sandwiches, including barbeque pulled pork and polish sausage.
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