[Spotlight] Boone Doggies Hot Dogs food truck expands to a restaurant
It is always inspiring to see a fellow Mountaineer succeed. Drew Ausley, owner of the beloved Boone Doggies Hot Dogs food truck just opened his brick-and-mortar bearing the same name at 566 E. Main St. in Yadkinville.
Ausley graduated Appalachian State University in 2013 and started four years ago with a humble hot dog cart at the corner of Stratford and Clemmonsville Roads in Winston-Salem, which then grew into a successful food truck. Ausley said after two and a half years with the food truck, expansion was in order.
But don’t worry Boone Doggies die-hards, “we will definitely still have the food truck,” Ausley said.
He said the food truck would be going out to the same spot at Stratford and Clemmonsville Roads for lunch a few days a week, and that his dad, Andrew Ausley, Jr., would be helping him hold down the fort at the restaurant.
“My dad will be here, and I will be out on the food truck of course. The two of us will kind of tag-team the restaurant,” Ausley said. “It is definitely a family business, to say the least.”
The restaurant is located in the space formerly known as Hillbilly BBQ & Grub.
“We found a perfect little-sized restaurant that is free-standing, it’s got a drive-thru on it, it had everything on the list that we really wanted,” he said. Ausley said that when they bought the restaurant, they also bought its inventory. He said the restaurant would be opening Jan. 8 under the Hillbilly BBQ & Grub name and phasing out its menu items. More space means more menu items, and he said Boone Doggies would be adding burgers and barbecue to the menu and would serve daily specials.
“We have a smoker that is apart of the restaurant, like a real smoker and a pit, so we will be doing pit-smoked barbecue,” he said.
Ausley said he wants to thank patrons of Boone Doggies for their support and for winning the Triad’s Best Food Truck and Best Hot Dogs in Forsyth County in YES! Weekly’s 2018 readers poll.
“They are definitely the reason for us to make a leap into the restaurant,” he said of his loyal customers. Ausley said he hopes to hold a grand opening sometime in the next two weeks, but that those plans are tentative at the moment.
“We are excited to be here in Yadkinville and ready to start calling this place home,” he said. “We are excited to see what the new restaurant world can do for us.”
Keep in the loop by checking Boone Doggies’ Facebook or Instagram (@boonedoggies) pages for announcements and the food truck schedule.