A taste of summer: Genie’s Weenies hot dog cart offers plump all-beef franks, fresh lemonade in Kremmling, Granby
The details: Genie’s Weenies
Where and when: In Kremmling: Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parts City, 103 West Park Ave. Granby: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carquest Auto Parts, 62487 U.S. Highway 40
Few things are more quintessential to summer than hot dogs and lemonade and now Grand County can indulge in the classic summer fare in Granby or Kremmling, from Genie’s Weenies.
Genie’s Weenies, owned by Kremmling resident Gina Schroeder and her husband, Marty, is a small hot dog cart that believes in the popular adage to “do one thing and do it well.” Though Genie’s Weenies technically does two things, selling hot dogs and lemonade, they believe they do it well and their patrons seem to agree.
The hot dogs cooked and sold by Genie’s Weenies are made by the famous Chicago-based business Vienna Beef, a popular choice for hot dog vendors at professional baseball parks and hot dog carts across the nation. The lemonade is freshly squeezed Bill’s lemonade, which, according to Gina, has been the number one lemonade at the Illinois State Fair for over three decades.
The Schroeders started their new operation this year with their first day of business held during Kremmling’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in early May. The genesis of the Schroeders’ new business started late one night while Marty Schroeder was working the graveyard shift at his previous job.
“He came home and asked me if I wanted to go to hot dog university and if I wanted to have a hot dog cart,” Gina said. “We went to Phoenix and went to hot dog school.”
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According to Gina, Vienna Beef puts on a series of classes related to the hot dog business and operation of hot dogs carts for prospective business owners.
“We did that and decided it might be fun,” Gina said.
The business’s name is derived from Gina’s childhood in Kremmling when her brothers started teasing her with a new nickname, calling her Genie the Weenie. She was born and raised in the small community on Grand County’s western end and her husband, Marty, has lived in the area for the last 33 years. Years later, when the Schroeders decided to start their new business, the old nickname seemed like an appropriate moniker.
Every day customers can purchase plain hot dogs at Genie’s Weenies, which they can dress themselves with the available condiment choices. The cart also always serves up Chicago dogs, an all-beef hot dog with a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, neon green relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices and pickled peppers.
Each day Genie’s Weenies also features a special “dog of the day” including the Reuben dog, modeled after a Reuben sandwich, a western dog, featuring bacon bits, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese, and the cart’s most popular specialty hot dog the popper dog, modeled after jalapeño poppers and topped with cream cheese, bacon bits and jalapeño chunks.
Genie’s Weenies alternates its time in both Kremmling and Granby. The cart operates Friday through Monday in Kremmling at the Parts City auto parts store on U.S. Highway 40 and on Tuesdays the cart can be found in Granby at the Carquest auto parts store south of the Fraser River. Genie’s Weenies operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day it is open for business.
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