Deerhead's Carmine Courtney, who has been managing Deerhead locations for nearly 20 years, said he is not intimidated by his competition.
stands alone, as far as hot dogs go.
We have the split hot dog with the steamed roll and our secret sauce that nobody else has," he
"I like it when my competition is right next door to me.
If you're competing with my hot dog, I'll blow you away."
Hey, at least they didn't call each other weenies.
But with the floundering economy and two weeks of nearly non-stop rain earlier this summer season, Goldfarb and Courtney
are united on one front: They hope that July, which is National Hot Dog Month, will help make their investment pay off.
Up two blocks, Courtney is the second owner of Dewey Beach's Deerhead Hot Dogs in as many years, taking over the shop known for its secret chili-type sauce, a favorite of upstate customers.
frankfurters also come on a short hoagie-type roll, but his
are split and fried on a grill. (An all-beef dog is $2.50, a standard meat hot dog is $2.25.)
is a Delaware tradition dating back to 1935 and the brand sure pulls in plenty of Delawareans, but in Dewey Beach, the majority of the crowd are vacationers from nearby areas like Washington, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- and they don't know a Deerhead from a Dogfish.
, who has also expanded his
menu to include items like mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and fried shrimp, hopes that word-of-mouth helps spread the news about his
unique dogs through the equally unique beach town.
Like Goldfarb, Courtney
is fighting against not only the competition, but the economy, as well.
At Deerhead, Courtney
got a glimpse of what success would look like: On one night it was raining and all of his
late-night customers were piled into the tiny shop.
"I counted 75 heads in here -- all of them drunk and screaming," said Courtney
, who keeps a piece of bamboo to playfully keep them in line if they misbehave.
Carmine Courtney, left, serves customers at his Deerhead Hot Dog.
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, left, serves customers at his
Deerhead Hot Dog.
"I like when my competition is right next door to me," he
says. (Chuck Snyder photo)