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Ted's hot dog truck hitting streets

Ted’s Hot Dogs will be joining Buffalo’s food truck fleet, with a mobile location in the works to start vending later this summer.

“It should be on the street by the end of July, early August,” said Joe Drust, Ted’s chief executive officer.

It’s a 22-foot Freightliner, similar to the truck Chef’s recently unveiled, Drust said. The truck hasn’t officially been named, but it’s designed as a mobile manifestation of a Ted’s outlet.

The truck will open up on the side and allow customers to make decisions as they inch along the production line, making decisions about meats, toppings, sides and drinks, Drust said. Its grills will be charcoal-fired.

“It’s kind of neat to be able to continue to capitalize on one thing that has made us unique for such a long time,” Drust said.

Practically the only Ted’s menu item not available from the truck will be milkshakes, he said.

Ted’s is also making progress on its new downtown store on Chippewa Street, in the Hampton Inn at the corner of Delaware Avenue. The ninth Western New York location is being designed to evoke Ted's original location, opened in 1927 underneath the Peace Bridge.

The company is soliciting construction bids, and hopes to start work by mid-August, said Drust. If that happens, a mid-September opening would be possible.

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