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End of an era for Milwaukee Wiener House

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The Milwaukee Wiener House has been a landmark in downtown Sioux City for decades, but Tuesday the Pearl Street location shut its doors to make room for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

"It's the hot dog. You cannot beat the hot dog. I've lived in many other states and I've never found a comparable hot dog to Milwaukee Wiener," Customer Shelly Bear-Tashquinth, of Winnebago, NE, said.

Bear-Tashquinth wasn't the only one praising the Milwaukee Wiener House for their tasty dogs.

"The hot dogs. They're the best, they're the best in Sioux City," Anna Barnes, of Sioux City, said.

"I think we've been around so long everyone's so used to it. It's a multi-generational habit of people that come here and enjoy a hot dog," Co-owner Mike Eliades said.

The popular shop has been serving up franks for 95 years. They've moved several times during the near-century, but co-owners and brothers Mike and John Eliades said the Pearl Street location has been open for about 40 years.  And, it's not going to be an easy goodbye.

"Kind of mixed emotions, kind of happy to start our new chapter, and also kind of sad that we have to leave our old home," Eliades said.

There will be several weeks without Milwaukee Wiener dogs while they build their new location on Douglas and 3rd Street.

"It's going to be a long couple months while they're closed," Bear-Tashquinth said.

But Eliades said he's not worried about being forgotten because he has great customers.

"They're extremely loyal and we're very appreciative of them," Eliades said.

Still, those regulars are already looking forward to the new location.

"We're planning on being there when they open on the first day, just like we're here the last day they're in service too," Katie Engel, of Bancroft, NE, said.

In the meantime, chili dog lovers savored their last bites.

Owners said they're hoping to have the new location ready for business by the end of November.

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