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Ted's fans jam restaurants up for 90-cent hot dogs

Fans of Ted's Hot Dogs jammed the restaurant's stores from Chippewa Street to Tempa, Ariz., during the lunch hour on Wednesday to nab its anniversary deal.

The local restaurant chain offered unlimited hot dogs for 90 cents each in honor of its 90th anniversary.

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More than 80 people waited in line at the restaurant's Chippewa Street location at about 1 p.m. On Transit Road, a line looped around the inside of the restaurant.

Ted's CEO Joe Drust said the promotion was on track on Wednesday to outsell a similar deal the restaurant chain offered last year, when it sold about 32,000 hot dogs for a dollar a piece.

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"We've done similar promotions, but I don't think we've ever seen one this big before," Drust said.

With children out of school on winter break, there were plenty of parents dining with kids or bringing lunch home for the family.

Critics on social media asked why anyone would wait in line for an hour just to save $2 on a hot dog.

But for those buying hot dogs in multiples, bringing them back to their offices and families, the savings was much more. One Buffalo police officer who bought 50 hot dogs saved $100. Troy Duncan, who bought 18 hot dogs, saved $36.

Duncan didn't mind the wait, either.

"This just brings back the good old days for me," he said.

He and his brother used to clean basements as children, earning money to spend at the Ted's location on Porter Avenue. When his brother heard about the 90-cent sale, he begged Duncan to ship hot dogs to him in Cleveland Wednesday.

But not everyone felt like waiting. Ian Hawkins and his family walked into the Chippewa location, then walked right back out.

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