JJ’s Red Hots, an original restaurant concept, will bring premier handcrafted, chargrilled hot dogs and sausages to 1514 East Blvd. in Charlotte, North Carolina, starting Wednesday, July 4.
The award-winning Nation Ford High School Drum Line will perform before the 2 p.m. official ribbon cutting. A soloist will play The National Anthem to commemorate July 4, 2012, being the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner.
Lucky customers will be able to win free hot dogs for a year throughout the day.
“JJ’s is about classic American ideals like quality, value, and hard work,” says Jonathan Luther, co-founder and concept designer. “We are especially thrilled to continue the rich history of this 75-year-old building by serving our guests the best hot dog thay have ever had in their life.”
The JJ’s team has extensive restaurant industry background anchored by father and son co-founders, Luther and Jon L. Luther. Strategic advisor Jon L. Luther has a rich background in the restaurant industry. After joining Dunkin’ Brands in 2003 as CEO he led the transformation, revitalization, and global expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins.
JJ’s features smokehouse hot dogs from Sahlen’s Packing Company in Buffalo, New York, which are chargrilled over an open flame. JJ’s is also proud to serve the highest quality ingredients including Fontanini Sausage, Martin’s Famous Potato, Mt. Olive Pickles, and Webers’s Mustard.
The menu features eight signature dogs including, the “No. 1 Red Hot” and dogs representing the best of the best from east to west. A sampling includes: The Char Heel (North Carolina) with chili, slaw, diced onions, and deli mustard; Sonoran (Arizona) with Borracho Beans, fire-grilled salsa, diced onions, Jack cheese, and cilantro; and Maui Gold (Hawaii) with Vidalia onions and grilled pineapple salsa.
Other menu items include chicken and herb sausage, salmon sausage, freshly tossed salads, and soups. JJ’s will offer a special kids menu that features PuppyDawgs (chopped frankfurters battered and fried to order), Roasted Chicken Drum Sticks, and sides such as chips, fruit salad, and apple slices.
JJ’s will also serve hand-spun milkshakes, fresh made orangeade and lemonade, wines by the glass, and local craft beer.