Many bars and restaurants are open late into the night, but around midnight, something else joins the village—hot dog stands.
For some students, getting a hot dog during their night out is a tradition. With more stands popping up, students have more choices for their late-night snack.
The oldest of these stands is Carter’s Nearly World Famous Hot Dogs, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary in The Village.
Although there are new hot dog stands popping up in the area, owner Mark Carter said he hasn’t noticed and doesn’t seem to think there is any competition.
Carter said a dream inspired him to first open his hot dog stand.
“I had a vision one night of Oscar Meyer,” Carter said. “He came to me and he said ‘Mark, go forth and [provide] processed meat to the masses.’”
Carter’s witty personality is common when he interacts with his customers.
One customer, public relations major Taylor Imus, said she refuses to go anywhere but Carter’s.
“It’s definitely a tradition,” Imus said. She believes that Carter’s not only has the credibility of being in The Village for so long, but it also has the best hot dogs.
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