Since word has gotten out, Linda Bock said she and her husband Steve have gotten so many calls, texts and emails from people requesting to be the first in line when BeeZers opens that the Bocks have joked about having a lottery.
"It makes us so excited to see our friends again," said Linda. "There is such a pent up demand for BeeZers dogs.
And yes, BeeZers is returning to Northborough.
Linda and Steve Bock are re-opening the beloved BeeZers hot dog stand by this weekend in its new location, renting a space as part of Trombetta's at 277 Main St. BeeZers was once located where Freshway Pizza now sits; after 12 years, Linda said, they "unfortunately lost our lease."
Prayers were answered, for the Bocks and hot dog fans in Northborough, when Laura Barsamian, one of the owners of Trombetta's, left a message on the Bock's machine while they were away in Chicago. Barsamian asked if they'd be interested in leasing a small space to sell their Chicago hot dogs.
"She said so many people stopped by the ice cream stand this spring suggesting our hot dogs," said Linda. "We went and met with her, and other members of the Trombetta Family, and it was an instant match. We are really looking forward to working alongside them. I think the stand will be a wonderful destination for people to have hot dogs, eat homemade ice cream and browse their beautiful plants from their nursery."
"Beezers was a fixture in town for twelve years and we are excited to welcome them to our new home," said Barsamian. "We are excited to have another small family business right beside us! They will be opening soon...but not soon enough for their fans who have been craving their authentic Chicago dogs."
They've missed their loyal customers and employees, and Linda and Steve say they are ecstatic to be able to re-open. With a devoted and loyal following for the Chicago-style dog, Linda said she's "pretty sure we serve the only authentic hot dogs from Chicago in New England."
"Our fans traveled from Boston and throughout the region for our hot dogs," said Linda. "Some hot dog stands may try to pass off a regular hot dogs with a few Chicago-style toppings, but we get the hot dogs, the neon green relish and sport peppers shipped from Chicago. The fresh poppy seed buns make the dogs extra special, and we are so lucky that Crown Bakery in Worcester bakes the buns for BeeZers."
Born and raised in Chicago, Linda said what constitutes a Chicago dog is an all-beef hot dog served in a poppy seed bun with yellow mustard, neon-green relish, chopped onion, fresh tomato and cucumber slices, crisp cucumber slices and (optional) peppers. A sprinkle of celery salt tops it off.
BeeZers will have a menu of the Chicago dogs, its famous chili-cheese hot dogs, New York-style dogs with sauerkraut, grilled onions and spicy brown mustard, bacon-cheese hot dogs, Southern-style hot dogs with chili and cole slaw, and Reuben-style hot dogs, among others.
"We are also bringing another Chicago classic to New England—Italian beef sandwiches!" said Linda. "We've had so many people request those sandwiches over the years, we decided to do it. A Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich is a unique variation on the French Dip. The meat can be served plain or topped with sweet roasted peppers or hot peppers called giardiniera. The Italian rolls from Chicago are soft and chewy—perfect for sopping up the au jus. After we get going, we will be adding panini sandwiches."
BeeZers will be "open by this weekend."
Bet you can't wait.