Blyth woman opens hot dog cart for summer months - May 31, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Visitors to downtown Blyth may have discovered a new food option on the main drag with Cherrey’s Dog House setting up shop in the municipal parking lot in front of Blyth Food Market.
Run by Sarah Cherrey, the business offers hot dogs, sausages, drinks and snacks weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., usually at the southeast corner of the intersection of Queen and Drummond Street.
Cherrey said the idea for the business venture came to her two years ago in the winter, shortly after moving to Blyth, but soon after she found work at the Queens Bakery on main street.
“I decided that was a good place to get to know people and get an idea of how the restaurant industry works,” she said. “I enjoyed working there, so I decided to stick it out.”
This year she decided it would be a good time to find herself a cart and start selling hot dogs and sausages.
Aside from sourcing materials, getting the cart and figuring out where to position herself, Cherrey also had to get a license from North Huron to operate, a process she said was easy to navigate.
“North Huron was awesome to work with,” she said. “They were very precise in what they were looking for and wanted. Nothing they requested was out of line. The only thing they asked me to do was to try and be a good neighbour to the grocery store and talk to the owner to let him know I’m setting up.”
In the end, that minor request actually benefitted Cherrey who worked out a deal to offer the grocery store’s in-house sausages as a special on Fridays.
Dubbed Hakkers’ sausages by Cherrey, the store-made vittles are made by Alicia Hakkers who was trained by Don Scrimgeour who perfected the recipe over decades before retiring from the grocery store business earlier this year.
Cherrey explained that she chose to serve the fare she did because she didn’t want to go head-to-head with any existing restaurants in the areas.
“I chose only to do hot dogs and sausages, not hamburgers or even foot longs, because I know there are other restaurants in town that carry that,” she said. “I didn’t want to offer something similar to what other people have. I want to add to the food culture of Blyth, not take away from it.”
Aside from her spot in the municipal parking lot, Cherrey has moved her business around a little since opening earlier this year, including being at the Blyth Campground for the Barn Dance Jamboree and at Watson’s Home Hardware over the weekend.
“That was a fundraiser for the Blyth Lions,” she said. “It was done in part with Home Hardware and was a part of the yard sale they held.”
Cherrey said the best way to track down the food cart, if it’s not in its regular location, is to follow it on Facebook where she posts updates regularly.