WICHITA — Sometimes being in the doghouse can be a good thing.
Kurt Allen is hoping so.
Allen is opening the Dog House Carryout at 707 N. Mount Carmel, near the intersection of Zoo Boulevard and West Central.
"It dawned on me one day that we need a good hot dog carryout," says Allen, a laid-off Cessna Aircraft sheet metal worker.
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He says he thought of the idea even before Get Franked opened last year at Douglas and Grove.
Allen will offer a dozen or so gourmet hot dogs, which he describes as "quarter pound, all-beef, steamed."
"I just like the taste better," he says of cooking the hot dogs that way.
He'll also have garlic coleslaw, baked beans, chili nachos and Frito pies.
The Dog House will be mainly for to-go orders but will also have seating for 10.
Allen hopes to open in the middle of March.
The building is undergoing extensive remodeling, including a completely new exterior, which will take several more months to complete.