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chowmensch Jan 27, 2012 10:43 AM

I know there have been many discussions on this board about the merits of local hot dogs. Of course, not everyone agrees on this topic but one company, Grote and Wiegel always received a lot of kudos along with the likes of Mucke, etc. Today, I received an email from Doogies, a renowned hot dog, cheesesteak and fried food emporium on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT. Doogie sold a lot of two foot hot dogs and dogs of other sizes and was probably one of G&W's biggest customers. Doogie reports the sad news that G&W is no more, out of business. They will be missed. RIP, G&W.

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  1. njmarshall55 Jan 27, 2012 11:32 AM

    Went to Doogies once. Have to admit, G&W put out a good product. Bought it from S&S numerous times. Thought Martha Stewart was a fan, too. Sorry to see them go under.

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    1. bagelman01 Jan 27, 2012 12:42 PM

      Interesting that G&W's website is still up and running and you can place orders for 10lb boxes of hot dogs

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        Tinkerbelldee Jan 27, 2012 02:15 PM

        This article was in the Courant this morning

        http://www.courant.com/business/hc-gr...

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          bagelman01 Jan 27, 2012 03:46 PM

          BUT, CHOWMENSCH says that Doodie reports G&W is OUT OF BUSINESS. That is NOt what the courant article you link to says. The Courant says G&W is going out of business, NOT closed. And quotes a local supermarket as still getting deliveries.
          It is likely that G&W cut out the special production runs of things like the 3 foot dog for Doogies in anticipation of the closing and suggested Doogie find a new supplier.

          As it stands on 01272012 G&W was still in business, but on its last legs.

          Some firms have avoided the grim reaper and it does them harm to prematurely spread information that they have already closed. Until the auction at the end of February, a white knight could appear, buy the equipment, recipes, etc. and keep the company name and product vailable with an infusion of cash.

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            Tinkerbelldee Jan 27, 2012 04:52 PM

            I was just posting the link, I have no knowledge one way or the other

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              hink Jan 31, 2012 08:03 PM

              No one is spreading premature rumors. Production ceases at the end of the week. I for one am going to try to buy a box of them. I feel badly that I haven't been a recent purchaser myself. I have always liked G&W but usually choose Mucke's. Interesting how the article talks about the meticulously clean facility. It's too bad so many people will buy Ballpark Franks or some other megafactory product because it costs $1 less. If it's too late now to support G&W, some of us should at least make a point of supporting one or more of these other local companies, all of which are struggling. Martin Rosol or Mucke's Kielbasa, not HIllshire Farms! It tastes 3 times better, it's a local product, and it only costs a little more. Try a mushy dog from Kahn's or Oscar Meyer and use a little imagination on how they keep their prices low.

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                DavidA06488 Feb 1, 2012 07:31 AM

                Amen.

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          awm922 Jan 28, 2012 03:25 AM

          I was sent that email also. There has not been any mention in the trade sites, but I did mention it to a couple of local buyers and they did confirm G&W closing. Too bad. I enjoyed making their white brats in beer and onions on the grill. I do know they were doing some co-packing and trying to expand into deli meats. Their product is high quality and rather expensive. It's tough times still. Hopefully someone buys their plant and continues to make their products.

          If I hear anything in the trade, I'll post it here.

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            Waquoit Jan 28, 2012 06:55 AM

            This is sad, I loved their dogs. I guess I should have bought them more often.

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              TnTinCT Jan 29, 2012 05:44 PM

              So sad. Went and bought a few large packs of natural casing dogs for the freezer, I always like their dogs best of all the local producers.

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              1. DavidA06488 Jan 31, 2012 11:23 AM

                Saw it on the news this AM. A quality local meat supplier going under due to the rise in meat cost d2 corn prices being raised d2 ethanol production. Plus people looking at price alone, not quality. Have always loved their brats, kielbas, hot dogs. Picked some up yesterday in the S&S grocery. Maybe we need to stock up before the last supplies run out.

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                  AWeeHeavy Feb 2, 2012 03:47 PM

                  Bought two of their Holiday Kielbasa this weekend and put them in the freezer, darn shame they are gone.

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                    hotwing Feb 22, 2012 06:09 AM

                    According to the Hartford Courant, Grote & Weigel will be back in buisness as of Feb. 27th

                    http://www.courant.com/business/hc-gr...

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                      benbenberi Feb 22, 2012 08:37 AM

                      Excellent news!!

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                        DavidA06488 Feb 22, 2012 12:11 PM

                        If it goes through it will be good news for CT CHers.

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                          bagelman01 Feb 22, 2012 03:48 PM

                          I feel a bit of vindication for my post of January 27, about not reporting someone out of business BEFORE it happens. I said it was possible that a white knight could arrive and appears that he/she has.

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                        Td61 Feb 22, 2012 05:03 PM

                        HOORAY!!!!!

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                        1. The Chowhound Team Feb 23, 2012 06:02 AM

                          Since this situation has changed and this news is outdated, and we've had to remove some testy responses, we're going to close this thread now.

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