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Hot dog stand gets warm reception

February 10, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council agreed, in concept, to allow a man to operate a hot-dog concession near the county's judicial center.

Council members directed legal counsel Norwood Bentley III to meet with James W. Frush Jr., who presented a jar of hot dog chili sauce that he also hopes to sell, to work out a possible agreement for the council's consideration.

After the meeting, Frush said he had been making hot-dog chili for more than 20 years, but only recently decided to try to produce and sell it under the label Jimbo's Savory Sauces.

Frush said he made his first commercial batch of 200 cases on Wednesday and has received interest from two large grocery retailers.

"It's a niche product," Frush said. "Some people heard of hot dog chili and some have never heard of it."

Part of the challenge of making the sauce was to develop a recipe that only requires the addition of ground beef after taking it out of the jar.

Frush said he also has plans to launch a ketchup-like hot-dog sauce.

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