Steamboat Springs The Hungry Dog in Steamboat Springs now has a full restaurant location in Breckenridge.
Brad Somers took over The Sloppy Dog in Breckenridge after Christmas and expanded his brand, which has downtown and base area stands in Steamboat, into another ski town.
The Sloppy Dog had been around for about a year and a half, Somers said, and its previous owner was looking to move.
Somers said he’d been searching for other opportunities outside of Steamboat and was alerted to the business being for sale on Craigslist.
“I’d known about this place because I did a little research,” Somers said.
He negotiated with the previous owner through the summer, remodeled the space, expanded the menu and opened the day after Christmas.
It has a full bar with menu choices not available in Steamboat, such as burgers, chicken and salads.
What will stay the same, said Somers, who originally is from Chicago, is the Vienna beef used at all Hungry Dog locations as well as some of the signature hot dogs.
The Hungry Dog in Breckenridge also will have a hot dog eating contest like the Steamboat location.
Somers said people have recognized The Hungry Dog brand from their ski trips to Steamboat, where it’s been around for about three years.
“People have definitely known about it or heard about it,” he said.
Somers said he was looking to expand into a different, larger market and that Breckenridge has worked out great. He’s been living in Breckenridge to get the new location up and running.
“Everyone’s been responsive,” he said. “It’s been super busy.”
He’s doing the late-night food The Hungry Dog is known for in Steamboat, but he also now has a bar where people can hang out or come in to watch a game.
“I enjoy having an area where people can sit and I can entertain them,” Somers said.
To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz
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