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Prairie Dogs is a farm to dog experience that goes way beyond the expected wursts and wieners with the artistry and quality of a bistro Read more

Minneapolis, MN Food
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Prairie Dogs is a farm to dog experience that goes way beyond the expected wursts and wieners with the artistry and quality of a bistro

Minneapolis, MN Food
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About this project

Prairie Dogs Hot Dogs & Handcrafted Sausage will be a sandwich shop / market / bar like no other. The money we raise here will go towards equipment and furnishings and reduce the amount of money we will need to get from our investors. 

In the vernacular of cities with an established hot dog culture it would be called a joint, a stand or a dog house, but by going beyond the expected and into the realm of bistro flavors and ingredients like house made pickles, farmstead cheeses and foie gras, Prairie Dogs will be creating a new experience for QSR (Quick Service Restaurants) hot dogs.

Seoul Dog - griddle seared hot dog with house made kim-chi, marinated carrots and shoyu mustard
Seoul Dog - griddle seared hot dog with house made kim-chi, marinated carrots and shoyu mustard

As if that weren't enough, Prairie Dogs will also be creating its own line of sausages (bratwurst, wieners, boudin, andouille etc.) using the finest, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetables available from local farms and ranches.

Prairie Dogs will be open for lunch, dinner and late night. The all day menu will be delivered day and night via bicycle and auto. Catering services will be available for home or office parties. Another unique element of Prairie Dogs, something not usually seen in most sandwich shops or hot dog stands, will be a bar serving a selection of locally brewed beers on tap plus cans and bottles of craft beers from around the world. Along with these artisan brews will be a few carefully selected wines by the glass made by winemakers who know how to ferment value into a glass of wine. 

Spicy Merguez - smoked lamb sausage, mint aioli, sheep's milk feta and piquillo peppers
Spicy Merguez - smoked lamb sausage, mint aioli, sheep's milk feta and piquillo peppers

Prairie Dog’s décor will feature a comfortable casual atmosphere of seating around wooden top tables and counters. Imagine a hand-written black board menu over the counter and an open view of the kitchen where all the magic happens. It will be a place where guests can pick up a sandwich on the way to work, linger over a beer and boudin, grab a quick bite with friends after a movie, or stop in for dinner with the whole family.

Even though we have found a space we like (see plans). We are still staging "Pop-Up" events at various restaurants around the Twin Cities. Please go to our Facebook page for event information. 

Lake Street Floor Plan
Lake Street Floor Plan

Risks and challenges

Whenever a restaurant opens, the challenges are the same. You've got to put out a good product. By that, I mean the food, service and ambiance all have to add up to equal an experience the guest can only get at your establishment.

There are thousands of details that have to be gotten right in order to achieve this goal. The average restaurant may get 75%-80% done before opening. If they can get the rest done before the market realizes there are some things missing, then they've got a good chance to succeed. But if they don't...they're gone within three years.

We are currently in negotiations for a space on Lake Street in the heart of Uptown. The floor plan for this space can be seen above.

The combination of experiences both Tobie and Craig bring to this project raise that level of completed details to 95%. There's no such thing as a sure bet, but we just increased the odds over most restaurant projects.

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    MEMBER OF THE PACK: Thanks for being there for us. Send us a selfie to hang on our DOG PACK wall.

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    7 backers

    GOOD DOG: You'll receive a spot at our opening festivities and your selfie or our photo of you on our DOG PACK wall.

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    TUBED MEAT GOURMAND: Since you probably can’t go more than a week without stuffing a sausage in your face (insert snicker here) and you obviously appreciate the finer things in life, you'll receive a Prairie Dog t-shirt, a selfie or photo on our DOG PACK wall and two spots at our opening party

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    EARLY ADOPTER: You like to be first, so when we need test subjects for R&D and training, you’ll be on the top of the list to get a preview. You’ll also receive two spots at our opening bash, two Prairie Dog t-shirts and your selfie or photo on our DOG PACK wall.

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    About $250 USD

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    BEAT THE CROWD: You don’t like waiting, so you always call ahead for reservations…oops we don’t take ‘em. But, at this pledge level you’ll be able to call ahead to place an order anytime we’re open then call us when you get there and we’ll bring out it to you. No need to get out of that warm (cool) car. Also, you and a guest will look good in your Prairie Dog t-shirts when you show up for our previews and opening soiree and you’ll get your selfie or photo on our DOG PACK wall.

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    About $500 USD

    2 backers Limited (4 left of 6)

    A DAY OF STAGE (stāj): Learning is cool, especially when you spend the day trailing Craig making dogs and sausages. He may ask you to peel some onions along the way, but you’ll leave with the knowledge of how to make sausage plus a cool Prairie Dog cooking outfit ( hat, shirt and apron) and a full belly of all the dogs and sausages you learned to make. You’ll get your first tastes by the way at our previews and opening celebration. Needless to say, but we’ll say it anyway, your mug will also be prominently displayed on our DOG PACK wall.

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    About $1,000 USD

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    VIP: You’ll get the attention you deserve. First a dinner for SIX, in our dog house or yours, plus you'll get all the other perks a VIP should have. You can call ahead to place an order anytime we’re open, then call us when you get there and we’ll bring out it to you. Also, you and a guest will look good in your Prairie Dog t-shirts when you show up for our previews and opening whoop-it-up and get your selfie or photo on our DOG PACK wall.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more
    About $2,000 USD

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    VVIP: You’ll get all the attention you deserve and more. How about a dozen hot dogs and/or sausages once a month for a full year, plus you’ll get all the other perks a VIP should have. You can call ahead to place an order anytime we’re open and we'll bring it out to your car when you let us know you're out front. Also, you and a guest will look good in your Prairie Dog t-shirts when you show up for our previews and opening whoop-it-up and get your selfie or photo on our DOG PACK wall.

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    About $3,000 USD

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    A DOG’S BEST FRIEND: You'll get the option of selecting one of the following parties. We’ll close the joint on a slow night for adults or an afternoon for kids and you get a PRIVATE PARTY for up to 100 people (all food, tip, and tax included, but not alcohol) Or, we'll bring the same party to an event of your choosing. (Local of course) Finally, you can call ahead to place an order anytime we’re open, then call us when you get there and we’ll bring out it to you. Since you want to know more about us, you and a guest will spend the day trailing Craig making dogs and sausages. He may ask you to wash dishes along the way, but you’ll leave with the knowledge of how to make sausage plus you’ll both get a cool Prairie Dog cooking outfit ( hat, shirt and apron) and a full belly of all the dogs and sausages you learned to make. You and your guest will get your first tastes by the way at our previews and opening gala ad of course…your selfie or photo will be placed high and prominently on our DOG PACK wall.

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Funding period

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