The Little Depot Diner is an iconic Worcester Lunch Car located smack dab in the middle of Peabody, Massachusetts. It’s the second stop on the 2013 National Hot Dog Month Tour and it’s a new location for Hot Dog Stories. The new owner is a Hot Dog Stories veteran, however. I first met Ross Scanlon a few years ago when he was selling hot dogs out of a small trailer in Medfield. He managed to grow his business, The Dog House of Medfield, into a catering juggernaut, allowing him and his wife, Alicia, to purchase the Little Depot Diner in late 2012.
The Little Depot Diner adds Hot Dogs
The Little Depot Diner, which has been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, has classic American Diner fare. In an effort to boost their lunch business, Ross and Alicia added a take out window that features his Dog House hot dogs. They figure this way they can offer sit down and “on the go” service.
The diner itself is adorable. It is in excellent condition, considering it is over 80 years old. There are a lot of original features and there’s a working model locomotive circling the perimeter of the ceiling. There’s a great “old school feel” to the place and Ross and Alicia are proud and eager caretakers of this gem of a diner. It was also featured in the book Classic Diners of Massachusetts by Hot Dog Stories fan and friend Larry Cultrera.
Ross and Alicia were gracious hosts and are living their dream. This is another Hot Dog Stories success story. Ross started with a hot dog cart and worked hard to become the proud owner of a classic American diner. It just goes to show how far the hot dog business can take you if you work hard, have a dream AND a plan! Check out their website and Facebook page.
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I shoot Hot Dog Stories with a Kodak Zi8 camera with an Audio Technica ATR288W VHF Battery-Powered TwinMic Microphone System, a Flip Ultra HD camera, and a 60″tripod. I edit with Cyberlink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate. I will also take some stills with my new Canon EOS Rebel Camera.