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Wiener House out, Hard Rock in


When Sioux City's newest casino moves in, a town icon will move out.

Since 1974, customers have been heading to the Milwaukee Wiener House near 3rd and Pearl for some of the best dogs around.

"Their hot dogs are good. Their buns are warm. That's the way it should be," said customer, David Levin.

Tarry Daum has been eating here since he was a kid. And, Friday he wanted his four year old son, Jordan, to have a taste. Why? Two words, Hard Rock. 

"We were talking about the casino is coming in. This place probably isn't going to be here. So, I asked him if he wanted to come here for lunch for the first time, and here we are," said Daum.

Daum's concern is spot on. When Sioux City Entertainment finishes turning the Battery Building into a hotel and casino, there won't be room for this domicile of dogs.

"Exactly where it is I really don't know, but the casino building itself will be right on top of us," said the Wiener House's Co-Owner Mike Eliades.

Mike co-owns this hot dog hot spot with his brother, John. They're telling their customers not to worry. The Wiener House will disappear, but another one is right around the corner, literally. They'll build new at 4th and Douglas.

"It will be where the Bomgaars building is now. The old retail store, they'll tear that down. Then we'll start building as soon as possible," said Eliades.   

Don't think that means these dogs will be learning new tricks. Owners are adamant things will stay familiar.

"We want it to feel like exactly what we have here, we don't want to mess with anything," said Eliades.

That has Tarry happy. Who says, despite the move, he hopes his son will keep this hot dog habit going.

"You know maybe he'll bring his kids to the new one, and he can say I was one of the first in the new one," said Eliades.

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