Who Killed Weiner King?

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2006/03/31 18:05:03 (permalink)

Who Killed Weiner King?

I remember back in the 70's in Charlotte, NC there was a Weiner King place on Graham Street. It was a franchise place that had great foot longs and fries. It, of course closed. Has anyone ever heard of the francise?
Just trying to remember my earlier years.
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    AndreaB
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/02 09:24:14 (permalink)
    We used to have a Weiner King in Lexington, KY, on Nicholasville Road. I believe it departed in the early 1980's.
    Teenagers that we were, we used to call it P*n*s Palace.
    I remember eating there after school a few times.

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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/02 14:00:53 (permalink)
    Who Killed Weiner King? It might have been Weiner King. At least, that's the sense I get from reading about a federal trademark infrigmement lawsuit between Weiner King Inc. and Weiner King Corp. over the use of the name.
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    BunnySlippers
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/02 18:08:03 (permalink)
    I remember Weiner King from when I was growing up in Greensboro, NC. I seem to recall there were two of them, definitely one on High Point Road and I think one on Battleground. Good dogs for a small city and a great teenage hangout.
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    TJ Jackson
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/02 18:09:05 (permalink)
    i do not know this one, but can confirm that video killed the radio star
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    guspas
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/05 08:21:36 (permalink)
    Should of just changed the name to the proper spelling. Problem solved.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/05 13:40:47 (permalink)
    I remember Weiner King. I have lived in Gastonia, NC my entire life, and back when I was a child, a shopping trip to Charlotte was a big deal. We would sometimes go to Weiner King for lunch.
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    jody1971
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/25 15:56:14 (permalink)
    I grew up near Culpeper VA and we had a Weiner King as well. I loved their footlongs. Yummy!
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/04/26 20:27:38 (permalink)
    Hey, Andrea...I remember that Weiner King in Lexington....LOL. Thats been so long ago...Makes me feel really old now...
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/05/08 15:23:04 (permalink)
    Hey, I remember Weiner King. I used to be the assistant manager of the one in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Their hotdogs were delicious, and I never got tired of them. I wish they were still around.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/05/21 11:12:11 (permalink)
    There is still a Weiner King in Mansfield Ohio. I don't think anything has changed in there since the '70's.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2006/05/21 13:29:30 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by startrooper00

    Hey, Andrea...I remember that Weiner King in Lexington....LOL. Thats been so long ago...Makes me feel really old now...


    Yes, it does make one feel rather ancient. I even remember the waterslide they had in Lexington right off the New Circle / Nicholasville road exit. The Burger Chef, the Fresher Cooker, and G.D. Ritzy's are also ancient teenage memories.

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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/08/28 14:34:08 (permalink)
    I, too, fondly remember the Wiener King in Lexington. That was my favorite place to eat in kindergarten.

    I was excited to see on this forum that there's still a Wiener King in Mansfield, Ohio. This past weekend, a friend and I were on a road trip to Cleveland and took a detour to Mansfield to find Wiener King.

    It's still there and still in business, but the two of us struggled not to break down and cry our eyes out. A stooping, elderly man on a walker is the owner and seemingly only employee in that place. The decor hadn't changed in thirty years, like the home of a shut-in, and it had not aged well. That poor man could barely stand, let alone walk, and the sight of him shuffling from the griddle to the fryer, surrounded by peeling, discolored wallpaper, was nothing short of heartbreaking.

    From talking to him, I learned the chain folded in the early 80's, due to some serious financial mismanagement at the corporate level. He'd opened his store in 1976 and paid it off in 1978, so he just kept right on with what he was doing when the chain went bankrupt. Based on what we saw--both the disrepair and the dearth of business--I doubt he could afford to have an employee help him out. It seemed like that sad restaurant is all that he has left: it's his legacy.

    We ate our fries and foot-long chili dogs with tears filling our eyes. My friend almost lost it while we were in the restaurant; I almost broke down in the car afterward. We went looking for a nostalgia kick, but instead we found deeply moving pathos. It was an unforgettable experience.

    If you're in that neck of the woods, don't miss the opportunity to support the last of the Wiener Kings. Buy a dog and a soda, and sit down for some conversation. It might just break your heart, but you won't regret the experience.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/09/02 12:54:58 (permalink)
    I loved that place! (Weiner King)We had one in Rockingham, NC. The dog they had that I loved best was the "Weiner King Special". I couldn't get enough of them back then.

    There is still one in Fayetteville, NC and the dogs still taste the same, but I don't get by that way much.

    The reason the closed was a finacial one alright. The son and daughter of the guy that owned them killed him and they got caught. The son is still in prison but the daughter is out now.

    Seems after dad made a ton of money the kids got WAY TO SPOILED and didn't want anything to do with the chain, they just wanted money. Dad quit giving them money but they were still in his will, so they killed him.

    I remember reading this from the Charlotte Observer newspaper back then. It wasn't long after that the corporation shut down due to what 9pod9 mentioned because the guy that owned it WAS the corporation and since there was no one to take his place, it folded.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/09/02 14:42:29 (permalink)
    dang, thanks for the info, but I gotta go cry now!
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/09/02 16:09:39 (permalink)
    As a young tyke in the '70s, I loved Weiner King in Memphis, TN but was very sad to move away to South Carolina. Lo and behold, there was also a store on Cherry Rd. in Rock Hill, SC, which I ate at until it closed around 1981-82. No one could beat their corn dogs! That once-distinctive building in Rock Hill is now a Mexican restaurant, I believe.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/11/12 16:06:39 (permalink)
    Growing up in Fay NC, and not having a lot of money, we would go to Weiner King on a weekly basis, they always had coupons for a Buy one get one free Foot Long, and they would allow you to use more than one coupon per person.

    So we would load up with 6-8 dogs and make our own fries as home, man those things were delicioius!!

    After reading the above comments, i Google Earth'ed to see if the store was where I remeber it to be, and it was, they changed the name to Weiner Works, but it is basicaly the same concept. Here is the link for them http://www.wienerworks.net/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

    So the next time you are in Fayetteville NC, stop by and check them out
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/11/12 16:31:21 (permalink)
    I had forgotten about Weiner King. They were good.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/11/12 17:08:16 (permalink)
    It confounds me that Weiner King is dead, yet Wienerschnitzel continues to thrive on the West coast, mostly in California, and is now the world's largest hot dog chain...and they're just as good, if not better, than Weiner King!
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/11/12 22:03:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by guspas

    Should of just changed the name to the proper spelling. Problem solved.

    How can you misspell "King"?
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/11/21 12:44:46 (permalink)
    In the late 70's I was working in Danville, Illinois and there was one just a couple blocks from our office. Good dogs..and it didn't cost much, which at that time was a VERY good thing!
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/12/02 00:04:08 (permalink)
    In the 70's, there was a weiner king in Salisbury, NC. On Innes street, just up from McDonald's and directly across the road from Wendy's (still there) near the fire station. The building is still there, or was last time I went through. Salisbury also had a Sambo's restaurant back then.

    I wondered what happened to it and googling it brought me here. I remember going there a few times after ballet lessons for hot dogs when I was a child back then.

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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2007/12/20 19:36:35 (permalink)
    Thanks for the info on the name change ozarka24! I'll be in Fayetteville, NC over Christmas and I do plan on stoping by "Weiner Works"! I'll keep ya' posted and let everyone know if the "dogs" are still as great!
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2008/05/30 21:57:46 (permalink)
    OMG! I was just remembering Weiner King today while eating at the Frosty Inn in Russellville, AL. I had ordered a footlong and told a friend that I was planning to visit my childhood hometown next month. There was a Weiner King in Kings Mountain, NC. It was awesome! What a huge disappointment. I was sure wishing it was still there. I remember them having the best hotdogs EVER!
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2008/05/30 23:19:11 (permalink)
    Wow, 9pod9. Incredible story. Thanks for sharing. That store might be the only thing keeping that old man going.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2008/05/31 23:03:54 (permalink)
    Guspas, I got it anyway.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2008/07/16 19:17:16 (permalink)
    There was a famous case about Weiner King (based in NC) against another Weiner King (NJ) over the trademark. The NJ company came first, but was limited to a number of towns. The case decided that the NC company could continue to expand. If interested, the case citation is at: 615 F.2d 512
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2009/01/31 00:50:53 (permalink)
    I loved there hot dog with cheese,onions and coleslaw wow what a dog that was.We had one in Fort Laud Fl. from 1975 till 1977 it closed.Are there any still in N/S Carolina????I'll go this week and fill up on some.We have a place here called Hot Dog Heaven really good,also in Pensacola hot dog cafe also good.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2009/01/31 09:32:45 (permalink)
    I'm sticking my hand up for the ubiquitous me too.  There was one on Bush River Rd across from St. Andrews Middle School and there's a brand spanking new Chick Fil A in its spot now.  They had footlong corn dogs.  I loved that place.
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    RE: Who Killed Weiner King? 2009/02/06 20:02:13 (permalink)

    Do you remember the old Tommy's Hotdog stand on South Broadway in Lexington? Back in the 60's you could get 5 Chili Dogs for a dollar, they would bag them in a white paper bag and the smell was so good you could get the bag.
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