Spotlight: River Dog Cafe
Join us as we talk with River Dog Cafe, premier west-side food truck, about their attention to quality and flavor and efforts to preserve a family friendly environment.
How did your business get its start?
My husband opened River Dog Cafe in April 2014. He was looking for a place to take our son for a hot dog in the area without much luck. We created a place that was family friendly, emphasized local whenever possible, and held to a higher standard of quality in food preparation. We added a Food Truck in 2015.
What do you like most about your job?
I love being in business with my husband. We are a team and work so hard at this dream of ours. We love our amazing customer base who are extremely loyal and we have loved our children growing up in our restaurant. They see their friends here, sit and do homework, it’s been an extension of our home where everyone is welcome.
What do you like best about working in Cleveland?
Cleveland is an amazing city to be living and working in. People are so into the food scene here and appreciate quality. A lot of restaurants don’t cater to families and young kids but we embrace them; families deserve to eat out and eat well.
What makes River Dog Cafe so Unique?
There are several things that make our business stand out. First, our River Dogs are the only artisan hot dog in Cleveland. Made locally from our recipe, using only Angus Beef, REAL spices, and uncured. Beyond the Dog we slow braise our brisket until it melts in your mouth like butter, and our mac ‘n’ cheese is made to order with our fresh cheese sauce made daily. We have a great kids’ menu and brunch on Sunday is delicious!
What does keep it local mean to you and your business?
Keeping it local is our life line. We source as much as possible locally. This community has embraced us in a way that was beyond our dreams and we give back as much as we can.
How did you come up with your business name?
Well, we live and work in Rocky River, so that wasn’t so hard, and the dog obviously references our attention to our awesome River Dogs. We added the Cafe as a way to distinguish that we offer way mroe than hot dogs. Not everyone wants a hot dog all the time. Our menu is diverse and delicious and has something for everyone, even great vegetarian options!
What's Up Next?
Our food truck is already booking for the summer months for birthdays, graduation and block parties! It’s not too soon to plan that special event coming up this year!
Are there any details about your company that you want everyone to know about?
Don’t be deceived by our name! So many people think of us as only hot dogs and while our River Dogs are the best around we have an amazing menu beyond the dog! We focus on quality and make everything we possibly can in-house.
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