Fans of Steve's Hot Dogs only have until Saturday to get their fill.
Owner Steve Ewing announced Sunday that after 11 years in business, Steve's will shut its doors after business hours on Sat., Feb. 1. A public celebration of the hot dog spot with live music is planned for Saturday.
"To our many regular customers, I want to say THANK YOU," Ewing said in a release. "The community built around our restaurant has been incredible."
Steve's started in 2008 as a hot dog cart and opened its first brick-and-mortar location on The Hill in 2011. After a crowdfunding campaign, Steve's opened its second location in Tower Grove East, in an adjoining space with neighboring watering hole Tick Tock Tavern. The Hill location closed this past September.
"Over the years, we overcame many challenges," Ewing said. "Among them road construction near our location on The Hill, which dramatically reduced our foot traffic, and impacted our profitability. As a small family-owned business, small setbacks like this can have a ripple effect and can be difficult to bounce back from."
Ewing said that even though the business tried to stay nimble by offering delivery and a number of creative promotions, they simply could not find a way to keep it sustainable.
"To those who believed in the community, fun and creative food experience we were building, I’m incredibly grateful – and to the team behind the counter, I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and devotion," Ewing said.
Steve's Hot Dogs, 3457 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove East, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.932.5953, steveshotdogsstl.com