Downtown Marion now has a new place where you can grab a tasty hot dog.
Located at 124 E. Court St., Link Hot Dogs opened for business Thursday of last week and has already proved to be a hit with hungry customers. Owner Eddy Link has worked at restaurants before as a chef but this is his first time owning and operating an eatery.
“This is my very first venture by myself,” he said.
His wife Sue Spence will also help out with Link Hot Dogs. She has an alteration shop on Baldwin Avenue.
Link Hot Dogs serves up quarter-pound Nathan’s all-beef frankfurters either alone or as part of a combo with chips, baked beans, coleslaw and a choice of beverages. You can have mustard, ketchup, sweet relish, onions, chili, cheese, sauerkraut or coleslaw in any combination on your hot dog.
Then, you have your choice of specialty dogs. Link can serve up the Cubano, the Red Ghost, the Reuben, the BLT or the Chicago version of a hot dog. There’s also garden salad, tomato pie and banana pudding on the menu.
Link Hot Dogs is located in a small and cozy building on East Court Street. The interior can seat 16 people and the outdoor seating area on the street can seat four, bringing a total of 20 seats.
Link Hot Dogs is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. That means you can have lunch and dinner there.
“I get a rush at lunchtime and after that it’s steady all day long,” said Link.
In less than a week, satisfied customers have left rave reviews on the business’ Facebook page.
“Ate here today for first time,” wrote Jennifer Mann. “Great price, delicious food, and you definitely don't walk away hungry. Fantastic addition to the community. Definitely going be a repeat customer!! #eatlocal.”
“Red Ghost hot dog is amazing!” wrote Thuy Aitken. “The right kind of heat on this classic staple. Welcome to Marion!”
“Everybody likes a hot dog,” said Link of his food.
The inside of Link Hot Dogs was decorated by his daughter Samantha. She painted the large frankfurter and bun on one wall and the big ketchup and mustard jars on the other wall. Link said his daughter will add more decorations as time allows.
“The whole wall will be filled eventually,” he added.
And every Saturday has a special for military veterans. On that day, a veteran can come in and get a combo for the same price as a single hot dog.
“I feel like we all owe those people for their service,” said Link.
For more information, you can check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Link-Hot-Dogs-2007774152859293/