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All Star Hot Dog Shack reborn as a food truck

All Star Hot Dog Shack reborn as a food truck
All Star Hot Dog Shack reborn as a food truck

A restaurant that burned down last year has risen from the ashes as a food truck, set to open in downtown Stanley, near where the restaurant once stood.

The fire that destroyed All Star Hot Dog Shack on Aug. 29 last year was caused by cleaning rags that spontaneously combusted after the restaurant closed for the evening, owner Jason Farmer said.

The restaurant opened on May 30 last year, the realization of a dream for Farmer when fire destroyed the building.

“Because we left around 10 or 10:30 that night and everything was fine. The bag of rags spontaneously combusted,” Farmer said.

It took Farmer eight months to get money from his insurance company, and then he had to find a new location. He bought the food truck from someone in Knoxville, Tennessee, and he will park it next to 105 Main Florist in downtown Stanley. All Star Hot Dog Shack will operate under the same name.

“I’m really excited to be back in Stanley, where we started, and almost in the exact same location, so my core customer base will be here,” Farmer said. “I’m nervous, but I’m so excited I can barely think straight. It’s a different process. It’s a new and exciting process.”

All Star Hot Dog Shack offers the same menu.

“We have gourmet hot dogs, specialty burgers, grilled bologna sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, barbecue nachos — everything from cheese to loaded nachos,” Farmer said. “We have special plates for special days. I think we call them plate specials, like wing baskets, mozzarella baskets. We’re also coming up with some new items, like chili cheese tater tots, chili cheese fries.”

Farmer said he is grateful for the support from the Stanley community after his restaurant was destroyed by the fire.

“I’m beyond flattered, beyond grateful for the outpouring of support and the community when this hot dog shack burned down,” he said. “All year long… It’s been a tough battle.”

“Just like the Colorado River winding through the rocks and creating the Grand Canyon, you have to be persistent and resilient, and you have to chase your dreams,” he added. “It would have been so much easier to give up, just take the money and run, but I try to teach my kids a lesson, that when life gets tough, you have to persevere.”