Classic Chicago-style hot dogs coming to Molalla
Let's be honest, who hasn't had a craving for a good old fashioned hot dog with a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day?
Maybe it's only me, but I doubt it. And soon, we'll all be able to satisfy those cravings as Pip's Gourmet Dogs and Cones is scheduled for its grand opening on May 15.
The restaurant sits adjacent to San Blas Mexican Restaurant in the Molalla Market Center and is owned by Greg Adams, who has been a Colton resident for 16 years (Though he shares the same name with Colton High School's basketball coach, he's a different man completely.).
The restaurant is named after Adams' son, Jordan "Pip" Adams, to honor him and his service to the United States Army Corps.
Pip was a Sergeant for ten years and was home on a mid-tour leave when he fell asleep at the wheel after having been awake for almost 72 hours due to time zone changes, according to Adams. His Jeep left the road and crashed into multiple trees on Highway 211, which caused him to suffer a severe traumatic brain injury, two broken femurs, and multiple facial fractures. He is currently in a minimally-conscious state that requires round-the-clock care.
That story is one that many in the area are likely familiar with, and now Pip's name glows in bright blue letters on both sides of the south building of the Molalla Market Center for everyone to see.
While he and Pip were in Chicago, Adams said he had the opportunity to try out a number of different hot dog joints throughout the city, which inspired him to start one of his own.
"I said 'let's try that,' we'll honor [Pip] and name it after him," Adams said. "I just couldn't retire."
Adams said he loves the variety of the Chicago-style dogs, since he was mostly familiar with chili dogs and plain hot dogs.
"When I saw what could be done with a hot dog, it kind of inspired me and the opportunity came since I wasn't working anymore, so I said 'let's give this a shot,'" Adams said.
When I asked Adams why he decided on hot dogs and ice cream, he said it's simply the best of both worlds.
"If you don't like hot dogs, we've sure got the ice cream, and in the summer time, there's no real place for ice cream around here," he said. "I was always hungry for ice cream and being in Colton, I could either go to the Dairy Queen in Sandy or Woodburn, and there's just really nothing here."
Adams said their ice cream will be strictly hand-dipped (none of that soft serve stuff), and will be sourced from Cascade Glacier Ice Cream in Eugene.
And at a time when the demand for high-quality, non-GMO, Gluten free, and other food fads is at an all-time high, Adams said he's embracing that factor instead of undermining it. All of Pip's all-beef hot dogs are Gluten free, and they'll be looking to offer Gluten free buns as well as Adams is currently working with Tammy D's Café and Bakery in Mulino.
He said they'll also offer brisket dogs and Polish sausage dogs, and some other specialty items that are sure to be delicious.
Adams said he plans to offer weekly discounts for military service people as well as first responders and law enforcement officials.
Pip's will have a private opening to friends and family on May 10, followed by a grand opening to the public on May 15.
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