What happens when four guys are sick of working for the man? They open a hot-dog shop. Well, that doesn’t happen every time, but for the owners of Feeney’s Weenies in Beechview, that was indeed the case.
“Working for corporations sucked,” says Shane Feeney, one of the four owners (and namesake) of Feeney’s Weenies, along with Tyler Sero, Dom Demarco and Micha Patragas. They worked together in a chain-restaurant kitchen.
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Their new spot on Broadway Avenue had been a hot-dog shop, but the owner decided to sell.
“We were [regular] customers of his,” says Sero. “We saw the opportunity to buy and start from there. Since people already started to recognize this as [a] hot-dog shop, we wanted to stick with that type of menu but expand on it.”
Sero is clear: Feeney’s Weenies is not serving your run-of-the-mill dog. The bestseller — the Pittsburgh Dog — is “loaded with fries, cheese, slaw n’at.”
This month, Feeney’s is featuring hot-dog creations submitted by customers. Last week it was a peanut butter and bacon hot dog (Feeney swears by it). This week, it’s the “Lucky Dog,” topped with home fries, sour cream, chives, bacon bits and cheddar cheese. The contest winner will be featured as a monthly dog.
“It’s just not your average toppings,” Sero says. “We try to go the extra mile.”
And if you don’t like hot dogs, Feeney’s offers other meats and a “beyond chicken” vegetarian option.