Hampton hot dog joint opening first Norfolk eatery

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The Barking Dog at Riverview is opening a Southside location in Norfolk, serving up hot dogs and more. (Courtesy of The Barking Dog)
The Barking Dog at Riverview is opening a Southside location in Norfolk, serving up hot dogs and more. (Courtesy of The Barking Dog)

NORFOLK – After a vote by city council on Tuesday evening, a Hampton-based restaurant has been given the go-ahead to set up its first shop in the city.

The Barking Dog, which has been slinging hot dogs and more in Hampton since 2013, will open a second location at 4117 Granby St.

The building has housed a few restaurants in recent years, but owner Sean Pepe said that he feels the move to Riverview is well-timed. Pepe said he thinks the neighborhood is an up-and-coming locale.

When the first Barking Dog location opened its doors years ago, Pepe said that restaurant had also found a home in a building that had been turned over more than most business owners would like. Four years later, the original is still going strong.

Pepe said he thinks the Riverview eatery will be much the same.

“Some of our friends said we were crazy because there had been a lot of businesses through there,” Pepe said, “but it’s always nice to prove people wrong.”

An online menu for The Barking Dog lists fresh seafood fare, cheeseburgers and sandwiches, crab cakes, tacos and, of course, hot dogs. Ordering a “Barking Dog” will get you a hot dog with mustard, chili and diced onions.

For the more adventurous, there are items like the El Diablo Dog – which comes covered in jalapeno cream cheese, onions and crumbled bacon – or the Carolina Drive-In Dog – a dog topped with chopped barbecue, slaw and red pepper mayo.

The Riverview location will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., serving a full menu alongside draft and bottled beer selections and space to play a game of cornhole.

Pepe said that once the Norfolk location settles in, he and his business partners hope to expand to other Southside localities.

“The Barking Dog is just a fun, neat concept,” Pepe said. “If all goes well, we are excited to keep expanding.”