Barbeque wars hit Keremeos’ Seventh Avenue

The year 2014 is sure to go down in Keremeos history as the year of the Barbeque War on Seventh Avenue.

Coach Rob is getting ready to open his new venture as Hot Dog King of Seventh Avenue.

The year 2014 is sure to go down in Keremeos history as the year of the Barbeque War on Seventh Avenue.

Then again, maybe not.

Residents of the village could be forgiven for thinking that a culinary war had broken out amongst at least a couple of downtown businessess this spring when it seemed like barbeques were popping up in the downtown core like dandelions on the lawn after a warm spring rain.

The first appearance of a barbeque on the sidewalk took place in late April when Mark Mudahy of Mark’s Pizza and Caribbean Foods set one up under a temporary awning  in front of his establishment. He’s been offering smokies since then on an off an on basis, according to the directives stipulated on the temporary permit issued him by Interior Health.

Shortly after Mark set up and began selling his smokies, enticing pedestrian traffic with the mouth watering emanations of sauteed  grilled onions, a barbeque appeared across the street in front of the Main Event Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Studio.

Other merchants in the downtown core began wondering what was going on – as did residents.

“There’s going to be so many lunch time barbeques in town, that everyone is going to starve,” observed Ox Yoke Collectables owner Geoff Berg whimsically one afternoon.

“I wonder who’s going to be next to set up a barbeque.

“Maybe I should.”

Other businesses lightheartedly wondered the same thing. It certainly seemed as though Keremeos was being overrun with  barbeques – as nice as it was to finally see some activity in the business block that was also bringing with it some lunchtime choices to existing food fare.

Turns out, the barbeque war doesn’t even amount to a hot dog skirmish.

To date, Coach Rob and partner Donna’s barbeque has yet to sell a dog – he hopes to  be in business the first week of June, as he has had to get Interior Health approval and the appropriate training in order to get going. The original idea – of setting up a street venue for hot dogs and smokies – came from Coach Rob, who verbalized his intentions last fall.

Turns out, he’s not the least bit annoyed Mark was the first to front the idea.

“We get along fine,” Coach Rob said, sentiments echoed by Mari Lindley, who is managing Mark’s outdoor cookery.

“We both understand that rather than being competitors, we’re providing choices for our customers, giving them more reason to stop in the downtown core.”

“We’re about to get our operating license,” said Lindley, who hopes to move their operation into a hot dog cart that will operate at the west end of the Keremeos bypass. Up until now, Mark’s barbeque has operated under a series of temporary permits.

Coach Rob plans to theme his hot dog stand, having already named it the Hot Dog and Sausage Emporium. The offerings will come with a wide variety of regular and unique condiments, and the names will reflect the businesses’ main focus.

“I’m going to be selling Joe Louis Brown Bombers and feature the K Mountain Super Dog,” Coach Rob said. “Kids like the traditional style of hot dogs, so we’ll have the Mike Tyson Teenie Weenie, as well as a Smack ‘n Cheese hot dog.” There will also be a veggie dog on the menu.

The Hot Dog and Sausage Emporium is expected to be in operation the first week of June. Look for Mark’s hot dog and smokie stand near the west end of the Keremeos bypass.


Just Posted

Keremeos man says stem cell therapy changed his life

Darryl Brewer says he went from being immobile with chronic pain to leading an active lifestyle

Penticton resident’s dog allegedly stolen from construction site

Nicholas Bozak is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Askem, his 17 month old mastiff chow

Experience the music at the 97 South Song Sessions in Penticton

Songwriters Tim Nichols, Jimmy Yeary, Jessica Mitchell and Bob DiPiero to perform intimate concert

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: cloudy, showers expected

Environment Canada is predicting a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow and a sunny weekend across the Okanagan

Okanagan society sends seniors, shut-ins on boat excursions

Okanagan Quality Life Society has been providing Okanagan Lake boat rides for nearly 30 years

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

Arrest made in vandalism of the former home of man charged with South Okanagan murders

RCMP confirmed one person has been arrested in relation to the alleged vandalism

Respected wildlife artist in the Okanagan dies

According to a post by his family, Terry Isaac died on July 16

Two Okanagan robbers have been court charged

Paul Davis Houle and Tyler Brice Rathbone face break and enter charges

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Most Read