Hot dogs have majorly bounced back in popularity over the past decade or so, especially with the opening of a couple chain restaurants and the long standing local joints like Mike's in Schenectady and Gus's in Watervliet.

Another 'mom and pop' type store, which started as a hot dog cart, is now an operating restaurant in Amsterdam.

Guge's Dogs opened its doors on August 20th, and according to owner Joe Gugliemelli, their opening day was far beyond the success they were hoping for. On the restaurant's official Facebook page, he expressed his gratitude to his workers and the overwhelming amount of people who showed up:

I have no words really !!! I can’t believe everyone who showed up today making out first day as good as it was. I apologize for the wait and everyone was super patient under the circumstances. The crew was amazing My nephew Christian Guge, Daughter Maddie Nicole, Dawn Andrews, Mark Kolbe, cousin Kathy Marlene Gugliemelli, brother Andy and my wife Tami Hartig-Gugliemelli amazing job everyone. There were others that helped also with getting to this point today.
Another special thanks to Lorenzo’s Southside for the tomato pie pizza, great surprise.
Again thank you to everyone !!!!!

Gugliemelli started his business in 2016 with a mobile hot dog cart, then grew to a truck, and now has a permanent residence at 43 Bridge Street in Amsterdam. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 7am-2pm. And yes, they serve breakfast too.

You can check out their menu here

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