ENOW: I Dream Of Weenie

To know East Nasty is to know that we strive to be good community partners.  We clean up trash, we donate to local schools, we host free couch to 5K training, but mostly?  Mostly we help by spending our hard-earned cash at local businesses.  And in that vein, I’d like to introduce you to our newest ENOW category:  local business!

I Dream of Weenie

I Dream of Weenie

Who better to start with than the business literally across the street from our 11th & Holly meeting place:  I Dream of Weenie!  I’m excited about I Dream of Weenie being our newest ENOW for many reasons:  I’m personal friends with the owner; I love hot dogs; & ‘Merica.

Leslie catering art opening at Art & Invention Gallery

Leslie catering art opening at Art & Invention Gallery

I Dream of Weenie is owned & operated by Leslie Allen.  Leslie is from Birmingham, AL & attended Auburn University.  Like most of us, she changed majors a couple of times & took the scenic route to graduation.  She ended up with a chemistry degree, but worked in non-profits for most of her career.  Leslie says, “So I guess in a way, I am finally using my chemistry degree because cooking is like chemistry except you get to eat the final product!”

Leslie moved to Nashville in 2001, & East Nashville specifically in 2003.  She bought I Dream of Weenie in April of 2011 as an established, existing business.  It was originally opened in 2007.  After she bought the business, she moved it from its original Woodland Street location to its current location on 11th across from Beyond The Edge.

Eggs Benedict Weenie

Eggs Benedict Weenie

Leslie says her biggest accomplishment at I Dream of Weenie is probably establishing Sunday Weenie Brunch.  She kept the original everyday menu since there was a loyal & established following, but Weenie Brunch is her (and her staff’s) creation.  As far as she knows, it’s the only weenie brunch in the world!  There are other breakfast dogs out there, but they do a complete menu each Sunday, including hashbrown casserole weenie, eggs benedict on smoked sausage, French toasted bun with breakfast sausage links & maple syrup, etc.  Also, they have been featured on The Cooking Channel’s show “Eat St.” where a couple of their brunch items were featured.

I Dream of Weenie

I Dream of Weenie

On the topic of East Nashville, Leslie says that she loves the sense of community & the originality; she loves the locally owned businesses & getting to know her customers who live & work nearby; & she loves that pretty much anything goes around here!  Leslie says, “You’ve got all types of people of all socio-economic levels, careers, & political persuasions.  And they all love East Nashville.  I would say my fave experience is the annual Tomato Art Fest.   Before IDOW, I enjoyed attending & participating in some of the activities & seeing the creativity of the art.  Since opening IDOW, Tomato Art Fest has taken on a different meaning.  It’s our busiest day of the year & gives me a chance to involve many of my friends & family in the business for a day or two.  It’s truly a great representation of the spirit of East Nashville with the quirky & creative activities, art, & food creations.”

Leslie at the Old Hickory Tri in 2006

Leslie competing in the Old Hickory Tri in 2006

Leslie first heard about East Nasty through the infamous East Nashville Listserv!  She has run with the group a few times, especially when she was training for several triathlons between 2006 – 2008.   She also worked for LLS’s Team in Training & came out to run/walk with the group a few times as they were recruiting participants for Country Music Marathon & other events.  Leslie says, “It’s been tougher to participate in the group since becoming a business owner due to my crazy schedule & the fact I stand up all day long & really want to sit down at the end of the day!”

I Dream of Weenie

I Dream of Weenie

ANNOUNCEMENT

Now, here’s the big news:  Wednesday night Weenie Night!  I Dream of Weenie has offered to extend its hours on Wednesday nights for runners needing to carb-up prior to heading to 3 Crow Bar.  Starting next Wednesday, May 8, I Dream of Weenie is offering a special East Nasty price of $3/per menu item (or $2.50 for the basic hot dog), so stop by after your run!.  Because I Dream of Weenie is on private property, BYOB is permissible, just be conscientious of open container laws & don’t wander off the I Dream of Weenie lawn.  A cooler will be provided.  I Dream of Weenie accepts cash & credit cards.

I Dream of Weenie, welcome to the ENOW club!  Leslie, thank you for bringing more hot dogs into our lives.  We look forward to the first East Nasty Weenie Night after the run next Wednesday, May 8!

You can like I Dream of Weenie on Facebook here & follow along on Twitter here.

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5 Responses to ENOW: I Dream Of Weenie

  1. We’re totally stoked to be featured as the “East Nasty of the Week” and can’t wait to have y’all hang out in the 8th after your run!

  2. [...] is “I Dream of Weenie” week.  Read more about this business here, but what you need to know is that they are staying open late this Wednesday, and everything on the [...]

  3. John van der Harst says:

    I first found out about East Nasty from Leslie Allen, who urged me to try it back in 2008. I had coached Leslie for her first triathlon in ’06 (and took the photo of her above).

    Leslie had allowed me to try growing tomatoes in her garden, and I had plenty in 2009 when the Tomato Art Fest 5k became East Nasty’s “home event.” In honor of that, I began brining tomatoes to East Nasty. That has become an annual tradition ever since.

    I first met Leslie at a neighborhood meeting due to Wal-Mart’s attempt to undercut progressive Metro zoning for their grocery chain in ’04. Later, Leslie and I did a lot of food salvage together to supply the Women’s Mission/New Hope Center. So, there are many intertwined food/East Nashville/East Nasty connections in Leslie’s past — I Dream of Weenie being merely the latest of these — that make her a well-deserving ENOW.

  4. […] (and once a a month this summer), I Dream of Weenie is going to stay open late for us.   All hot dog will be $3, and you can BYOB.   Plan on sticking […]

  5. […] is another I Dream of Weenie night. $3 Hot dogs after the run! Click here for more details.  Remember, (amazingly enough) it is BYOB, as long as you stay on the […]

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