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By Scott Langill

Bacon not included.....

Bacon not included.....

At first byte the Hot Dog Hideaway looks like the new trademarked bestselling Build-It-Yourself Meat House Kit from Seattle Novelty Emporium Archie McPhee. What child doesn’t imagine a miniature meat mansion made of ten pounds of deli slices, kosher dogs, and pate spackle; complete with pimento loaf trees and meatball bushes for only $79.95! (Note: This kit will only remain edible for three weeks without refrigeration).

But wait, “trademarked”? What does Disney’s alley cat Mittens from the movie Bolt think about that? She has a flash game Hot dog juggling game, “Mitten’s Hot Dog Hideaway”, on the Disney website. But wait, there’s more. Hot Dog Hideaway is also the name of restaurant in scenic Rainier, Washington (which is also home to J & J Video Hideaway two blocks away). Will Archie McPhee have to reprint their kit boxes? Will Mittens have to juggle meatballs? Will Rainier diners have to go to Sonja’s Cafe or Rainier Pizza & Espresso (or Yelm)? Will Superdawg never get to open their own Hot Dog Hideaway? My money is on Mickey Mouseþ and his legal minions. In any event, Oscar G. Mayer, Jr. must be rolling in his grave.

Hot Dog Hide-Away Build-It-Yourself Meat House Kit

Mitten’s Hot Dog Hideaway

Hot Dog Hideaway in Rainier, Washington

Superdawg® Drive-In

Oscar Mayer’s Obituary by the Chicago Tribune


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