November 2018 Tony Salerno and his son Anthony opened their Salerno’s Red Hots 2 at 197 E. Veterans Pkwy. and so far, Tony says, business has been good. “We’ve been well-received by the

community,” he says. “Word of mouth and social media has helped us. We were asked to serve hot dogs at the city’s St. Patrick’s event. I had two carts down at the Riverfront.” Tony’s father Joseph and he started the business in 1991 in Villa Park, selling hot dogs at school baseball, football and soccer games. Joseph died in 2009. Tony says he recently left the mortgage business and decided to follow his father’s legacy full time.

Te menu includes vienna hot dogs

with fresh cut homemade fries made at the restaurant daily, Italian beef, Maxwell Street Polish sausage, Tom Tom Tamale, nachos with cheese and chicken tenders. In addition to soft drinks, one Salerno’s favorite is a Green River float. Of course, there are options for the hot dog - chili- cheese, hot dog dipped in batter and fried, double hot dog, jumbo hot dog, and Chicago style with mustard, relish, onion, pickle, clery salt and sport peppers. “Our menu is short and sweet and to the point,” Tony says. “Keep it simple. Tis is a traditional hot dog stand. It brings some people back to their childhoods. Tat’s the passion behind this.” Salerno’s Red Hots is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Tursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 630-383-8983 for quick pickups.

GRANDMA ROSIE’S SWEET TREATS TJ Hodges and wife Kristin in 2018 rented the

location at 303 W. South St., Plano, and opened their restaurant, Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats. Tey had started with an ice cream trailer they took

to events. Tey have now bought another trailer, and, TJ says, they spent the winter months honing their restaurant’s menu.

Kristin does all the cooking, TJ says, and she is

turning out a variety of hamburgers, Italian beef, chicken- philly cheese sandwiches, sloppy joe grilled cheese and other gourmet cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, and wings and gyros. Tey also have six different kids meals all under $5. And 25 different ice cream treats, such as winter storms. Beginning in mid-May, hours are Tuesday through

TJ Hodges poses in front of his new trailer at his Plano restaurant. Photo by Paul E. Burd Photography


Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 630-273-2445 or visit their Facebook page: Grandma Rosie’s-Plano.

Tony Salerno displays one of his brats, while son Anthony, right, and employee Justin Bourgoine man the grills. Employee Erica Peray, below right, creates a Green River float. Photos by Paul E. Burd Photography

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