Olneyville New York System has been selling hot wieners (don’t call it a hot dog here) since the 1930’s and has been in their present location since 1953. This place, quite simply, rocks! It has the rare combination of icon status, personality, and great tasting hot wieners and hot wiener sauce. Anywhere else but Rhode Island, Olneyville New York System would be called a “Coney Island Hot Dog Shop.” Here, they’re hot wieners.
For the uninitiated, there IS a difference between a wiener, a hot dog, and a frank. A frank is a natural casing product that is twisted off into links. A wiener is also natural casing, but isn’t linked – it’s hand cut to size. A hot dog is a skinless frank. At Olneyville New York System, and lots of other places in Rhode Island, they serve wieners.
Olneyville New York System at Night
When I visited Olneyville New York System last year, we went in the mid morning. Greg Stevens – the third generation owner of the business – told me “it’s a different place at night.” Since the theme of this year’s tour is “new and different,” I decided to ttake a late night ride to Providence and see the difference. I wanted to visit when Greg was working, but he said I should go when Jimmy was working. Jimmy, who’s worked at Olneyville New York System for 45 years, could be a stand up comic if he wasn’t slinging wieners; the guy is a riot (I couldn’t use nearly half the footage I shot because Jimmy works “blue”).
Besides having great wieners and hot wieners sauce, Olneyville has atmosphere. You could go here for the entertainment value alone! The wieners are cooked in soybean oil and the sauce recipe is, as most are, a closely guarded secret. You can follow Olneyville New York system on their popular Facebook Page and learn more about the history of the joint on their website. When you stop by, order a few wieners “all the way” (that’s mustard, wiener sauce, onions, and celery salt) and be sure to tell the gang “the Hotdogman sent me!”
Enjoy the video, it’s a hoot!
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.