Mel's Hot Dogs celebrates 40 years with giveaway

For 40 years, Mel's Hot Dogs has been the top dog of Tampa institutions, providing the comfort food of chili dogs, reuben dogs, bacon cheddar dogs or Mel's favorite, the Chicago-style dog. Mel Lohn, the quick-witted owner, opened the place on July 3, 1973, as Mel's Hot Dog Ranch. To celebrate 40 years of serving the noble treat, on Wednesday and Thursday, customers will receive a free "weinerful" hot dog-themed cupcake provided by the neighboring Cupcake Cache. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 4136 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Mel's Hot Dogs celebrates 40 years with giveaway 07/01/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 6:56pm]

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