SIOUX CITY | Milwaukee Wiener House fans looking to chow down at the local hot dog shop's home of nearly 40 years one final time better hurry.
Tuesday will be the last day for the iconic local eatery at its current downtown location, 309 Pearl St. The one-story building is being razed to make way for the proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.
As part of a deal struck last year, the casino developer, Sioux City Entertainment, will build at its expense a new, larger Milwaukee Wiener House at the corner at Douglas and Third streets.
Work is underway for the new eatery, which is expected to open around Thanksgiving, according to a news release issued jointly Wednesday by the hot dog shop and casino developer.
The timing means the Milwaukee Wiener House will be closed for at least two months.
"We're going to be on a longer than expected vacation," said John Eliades, who owns and operates the restaurant with his brother, Mike.
Eliades said the business will keep its nine employees on the payroll during the shutdown so they will be available when the new shop is back up and running.
While they take a break from the kitchen, Eliades said he and his brother will keep busy overseeing the design and construction of the new 3,000-square-foot building.
"We'll be down there every day with our sleeves rolled up," he said.
The new Milwaukee Wiener House will sit in a portion of large surface parking lot for the Hard Rock venue.
"The expanded parking and increased visibility of our new location will offer our guests an even more convenient dining experience with the same great food and service our customers have grown to love over the years,” Eliades said.
"This marks a new era in the long legacy of what Sioux Cityans have come to know and love as the famous Milwaukee Wiener dog," Sioux City Entertainment President Bill Warner said in a statement.
The 100,000-square-foot Hard Rock complex, designed around the Battery Building, a century-old warehouse at Third and Water streets, is under construction and scheduled to open next summer.
The Milwaukee Wiener House was founded in 1918 at Fourth and Pierce streets, where it fed workers and travelers of the nearby railroad system known as the “Milwaukee Road.” The locally owned and operated eatery relocated twice, most recently to its current spot in 1974.
The eatery will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the final day there Tuesday.