Life, the Universe & Hot Dogs?
In a world where it's hard to know what's genuine...
The Simple Clarity... of a Hot dog
In 2009 the visionary owners of a quirky local bar on the west side of Cleveland, OH -the "Happy Dog Bar"- reduced its complex menu to just 4 things -gourmet hot dogs, field roast vegan dogs, fries and tater tots. And then gave over the entire creative enterprise to the people who actually ate the food.
Diners were presented with a universe of dips and toppings from chili, mac n cheese and fried eggs, to fresh vegetables to garlic aioli and chimichurri to Fruit Loops and Spaghetti-Os. They can have as many or as few as they want on their dog --all for the same price. And to go with it, cocktails, wine and a vast array of imported, domestic and microbrew beers in bottles or cans, with at least 20 on tap at any time.
The Happy Dog Bar took on the world.
Art. Live Music, and the "Happy Dog'
The Happy Dog started bringing cutting edge bands. Music you couldn't find anywhere else in the greater metro area. Happily, the bar was on the margins of Gordon Square, which was rapidly developing into a super cool arts area. Young people following their hearts, doing their own thing. So the music and the art and the dogs co-evolved in a super-creative symbiosis.
The 'Happy Dog' and Fundamental Science..