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At Doogie's, A Farewell To The Big Dog

At Doogie's, A Farewell To The Big Dog

It’s been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” and recognized by “Every Day with Rachael Ray” magazine. But now the two-foot hot dog that put Doogie’s on the map is no longer.

The legendary hot dog is a casualty of Grote & Weigel’s closing. The meat processing business in Bloomfield, a fixture in Greater Hartford for 122 years, had handled the proprietary recipe for the Newington restaurant since its 1999 opening.

It’s unlikely another company will commit to making the signature item, said owner Rock Aronheim, who said he’s been interviewing “about 12 different meatpackers” since Grote & Weigel president Michael Greiner broke the closing news to him last...