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So... is Speed Dog/Super Dog officially gone?

incinerate May 7, 2014 07:40 AM

With food truck season now officially upon us, I found myself wondering what's become of Speed's and whether the truck is gone forever since the new owner Gregg passed away last fall.

The website has been taken down, the twitter hasn't been updated since his death, and I haven't heard anything about the truck being transferred to a new operator. Can it be true? Will I never have another Speed dog?

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    gardgen RE: incinerate May 7, 2014 08:54 AM

    I sometimes see the truck with a For Sale sign parked in its old spot in New Market.

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      Bellachefa RE: incinerate May 7, 2014 09:15 AM

      I had started a hot dog thread a couple of months ago that had some great ideas. Like many times on chow hound it seems to have been inexplicably sucked into the vortex. Somewhere on that thread, someone mentioned there is another truck somewhere in MA or RI doing a Speed's style dog. I don't remember. I'm thinking it was in a Milford parking lot, but that could be completely wrong.

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      1. re: Bellachefa
        Gordough RE: Bellachefa May 7, 2014 09:19 AM

        Bellachefa: here is your hot dog thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967635

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          Bellachefa RE: Gordough May 7, 2014 09:26 AM

          Thanks. It wasn't showing up on my history for some reason.
          from truffle hound:
          "Larry Joe's New England Firepit, trained with the original Boston Speed and playing a mean keyboard has been open all winter(except certain nasty days) on route 140 in Mendon. Best big dog around."

          I found this interesting youtube. I have not been to Larry Joe's....


          1. re: Bellachefa
            catsmeow RE: Bellachefa May 7, 2014 12:40 PM

            I went last week. It's not exactly like Speeds but very similar. The condiments are similar but not exactly the same...less sweetness. Larry Joe is in touch with Speeds wife and actually worked with Speed for a few years. Shes been trying to get him to open a Boston stand but he didn't sound like he was too excited about that idea.

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              jgg13 RE: catsmeow May 7, 2014 02:19 PM

              Even during Greg's tenure the condiments definitely changed over time so something that's in the ballpark is likely close enough.

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                ac106 RE: jgg13 May 7, 2014 02:33 PM

                I found Greg's versions noticeably sweeter than Speed's so I bet Larry's versions are closer to the original.

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                  jgg13 RE: ac106 May 8, 2014 06:13 AM

                  I never had an original but I felt Greg's condiments got sweeter over time and towards the end had less "punch", for lack of a better word

      2. MC Slim JB RE: incinerate Jun 27, 2014 06:16 AM

        If anyone comes across any information about Gregg Gale's family and how to contact them about buying the old Boston Super Dog / Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon truck, please post it here or reach out to me on Gmail (address in my Chowhound profile) or social media; I know an interested buyer.


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        1. re: MC Slim JB
          catsmeow RE: MC Slim JB Jun 27, 2014 11:53 AM

          The hot dog vendor in Mendon/Bellingham, Larry Joes, is still in touch with Speed and his family who could give you the info. Larry Joe's number is on his web site. Chowhound removed it from my post. A few months ago, I stopped there for a hot dog. He said they had tried convincing him to reopen Speeds in Boston but he wasn't interested. Also, I would think the city permitting dept might have info if they'll release it. Also, didn't Greg rent "street" space from Boston Brisket Co? I bet they would tell you.

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