Flying Dogs Hot Dogs relishes early success in Marietta

Photo by Erin E. O’Neill Marietta resident Mike Sauer enjoys fresh cut fries with cheddar cheese dip as he visits Flying Dogs Hot Dogs, the newest eatery to occupy the building at 281 Seventh St. in Marietta.

MARIETTA — The door to one of Marietta’s newest eateries was constantly opening and closing Wednesday, even though the restaurant had barely opened for the day.

That’s the way it’s been since Flying Dogs Hot Dogs opened on Feb. 8, according to owner John Nash, who has committed to staying in Marietta by buying the building and has major plans to redo the parking lot once the weather gets warmer.

“Business has been really good so far. I think this is something that Marietta needed,” said the West Virginia native who took over where his parents left off.

They ran two hot dogs businesses in Weston and Jane Lew, W.Va. The location in Marietta is the third restaurant that Nash has opened. He and his crew have established themselves in Marietta to get the business up and running.

“I love this place, it’s my life,” offered Sierra Hardy, who was busy at the cash register as curious and returning customers came in.

Photo by Erin E. O’Neill Flying Dogs manager Jacob Vankirk stirs a pot of chili sauce while preparing orders.

The menu is simple and that’s the way Nash likes it. He said the goal is to do a few things but do them very, very well.

Some of the items include an original hot dog with mustard, onions and sauce, bratwurst with slaw, barbecue sauce and bacon and kielbasa with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut.

The interior is simple as well, with counter space along the wall and enough seating — inside and out once the weather warms up — to accommodate a couple dozen people.

By all accounts, the food delivered as promised. Some customers Wednesday had come back for seconds while others were trying something new.

Aimee White, of Marietta, was the first customer in line on opening day and she returned with friend Mike Sauer, who raved about the fries.

“These are fantastic,” he said, biting down on an order of hot fries with cheddar cheese dip. “I really hope it stays in business. And this is one of the best hot dogs in the area.”

White said she’s optimistic that the restaurant will remain open, unlike some of the other establishments that tried to make a go of it at that location.

“He’s an established business owner and hopefully he knows what it takes to make it successful,” she said.

The location won’t feature a drive-thru but Nash said he has inquired about leasing parking space nearby to make parking more convenient.

Parkersburg resident Brandy Baker was in town working Wednesday when he stopped in for lunch. It was his second visit to the hot dog stand since they opened.

“I’m going to try the jalapeno cheddar dog today,” he said. “The flavor is just amazing. I just love it. I reminds me of when I was a kid growing up in Mannington, W.Va.”

Flying Dogs will be hiring more employees and Nash said anyone interested is welcome to come by for a face-to-face interview. The restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


If You Go…

* What: Flying Dogs Hot Dogs

* Where: 281 Seventh St., Marietta

* Hours: Open every day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Menu: Original Dog, Backyard Bratwurst, Corn Dog, Jalapeno Cheddar, Kielbasa; fresh cut fries, waffle fries, nachos n cheese; variety of condiments, drinks and baked goods

* To inquire about employment, visit the restaurant in person and ask for owner John Nash.