JJ’s Red Hots to open uptown location early next year, featuring a new dog with house-made chili, beer queso and bacon

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Uptown Downtown Dog

There’s no denying that beach-front bashes, nights at the Knights, and rosé-all-day are a far behind us. However, that doesn’t mean folks should give up the summer staple: hot dogs.

Since July 2012, Jon Luther Jr. has been on a noble pursuit to dish out his gastronomical variations of piggies-in-a-blanket … and he’s never let the dead of winter get in his way. JJ’s Red Hots is tentatively scheduled to open its third location, at 400 South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte, on January 2, catering to the city’s grab-and-go dining crowd.

JJ’s Red Hots uptown storefront

“Our focus will be on speed, as we know people are time-challenged for lunch,” Luther said.

This location will be Luther’s smallest venture yet, which will solely concentrate on Sahlen’s smokehouse hot dogs, sausages and toasted Martin’s potato rolls … so, say adios to chicken tenders, the kid’s menu and salads. However, the uptown storefront will continue to offer JJ’s extensive list of regular & premium toppings, beer (self-service, cans only) and side dishes.

Luther’s vision for this location is to model it after old-school institutions that have been around for 30-plus years. While researching the concept and design, he ate his fair share of frankfurter feasts in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles – cities that have set the bar when it comes to true hot dog bliss. These travels inspired this joint’s white and red subway tiles, nostalgic high-top leather chairs and exposed brick walls.

Jon Luther Jr. in the new uptown location.

JJ’s Red Hots will be releasing a spanking-new-messy-masterpiece at its center city eatery, the Uptown Downtown Dog ($3.99 a la cart). This Queen City weenie will be slathered in house-made chili, beer queso, bacon, onions and mustard (drooling over here), so make sure to snag a mound of napkins after you order yours.

Uptown Downtown Dog

Cheekily named menu items will be served every day of the week from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. (hours subject to change) and can be ordered in advance through your ChowNow app or through their website.

“We’re looking forward to serving the uptown area and want to be known for value, service and quality,” Luther said. “Don’t dis the dog.”

Photos: Jessica Bentley & JJ’s Red Hots

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