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Wayne Post
  • Hot dog stand opens year round

  • Pop’s Hots, at 305 East Main St., is now open all year long now that owner Dick Beyea has relocated from Hopewell to Palmyra.

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  • There’s nothing better than a summertime meal — a hot dog with all the toppings, sweet potato fries on the side and a tall, cold Pepsi — even in the dead of winter.
    Pop’s Hots, at 305 East Main St., is now open all year long now that owner Dick Beyea has relocated from Hopewell to Palmyra. Beyea bought the business back in June after hearing about it from a customer. The lot held a small, but usable caboose that had been sitting in the same spot for the past six or more years. Beyea said he liked what he saw — the location was right on Main Street in a busy little village with active sidewalks.
    But Beyea had bigger plans in mind for his little business. This past fall, he hired Dave Anderson and Troy Young to help him move the caboose off the lot. Beyea wanted to stay open year-round and needed better accommodations to weather the winter months. Moving the caboose proved a more difficult task than anticipated — the caboose’s hitch was at the back of the lot and inaccessible to a tractor or pick up truck to hook up to an pull it out.
    “It took a lot of work,” Beyea said. “But the community came together to help them out.”
    Anderson and Young, under Beyea’s watchful eye, carefully maneuvered the little red caboose from between the two buildings, using a tractor and pick up and meeting obstacle after obstacle along the way. After considerable wiggling and jostling, their perseverance paid off and the caboose was freed. It was then towed to Blazey’s where Beyea said it would be put up for sale on eBay.
    Beyea’s plans for the hot dog stand included more than some chili dogs. Instead, he is bringing one of the favorite foods of summer to customers throughout the year. Taking the caboose’s place is an 8-by-24-foot trailer with heated enclosure where customers can stop in for a hamburger, Italian sausage, pasta dinner or ice cream — and stay a while. The new Pop’s Hots opened about two weeks ago and Beyea is still completing some finishing touches as he continues with renovations. The interior offers seating, music while you eat and an assortment of Beyea’s bowling trophies.
    “I want to make it fun,” he said of his new establishment.
    Beyea is not only the owner and cook at Pop’s Hots, but he is also on the Pro-Bowler Association’s senior tour. Beyea, 62, averages at about 226, bowling every Tuesday and Friday. He has bowled with some top names, including Doug Kent, who told Beyea that if he can bowl as well as Beyea can at age 60, he will consider himself lucky.
    “That was quite a compliment,” Beyea said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Beyea has several bowling tournaments scheduled in the near future, but he’s not worried about the business. His right hand man, Robert “Jose” Kelley, is always available to back Beyea up and Kelley makes “a mean chili dog,” Beyea added.
    Beyea gives credit to all those who have helped him since he first came to Palmyra. Anderson for his help setting the trailer, Kelley for his continual assistance, Kurt Johnson who did all the electrical work and Dean George, owner of Towpath Antique Center, who has been a welcoming neighbor.
    “I think it’s important to welcome new business,” George said. “The more businesses that are open, the better for our community.”
    George said he had a friendly helper when he first opened his business in Palmyra, so when Pop’s Hots came in, it was his chance to pass it forward.
    “It’s a nice community,” said Beyea, who lives in Shortsville. “I don’t know much about it yet, but I’m learning a lot.”
    Pop’s Hots has a variety of ice cream flavors for any sweet tooth, as well as a garbage plate, chicken tenders or nuggets and the Pop’s Hots 1/2 Zweigle’s hot dog with all the fixings — and all toppings are free, Beyea said. The restaurant also offers Pepsi fountain drinks and in the near future, customers can enjoy a simple breakfast.
    Pop’s Hots is handicap accessible and open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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