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Boasting a cart that the state Department of Health holds up as an example of how to create a secure and sanitary portable restaurant, Puka Dog Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs has found a permanent home in Po’ipu Shopping Village.
In a temporary sort of way.
The cart is wheeled out of its secure storage area to an area near the center’s center stage seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is the “baby” of Dominique Quinette of Kekaha.
The Puka Dog actually is around two years old, born in Kekaha and the creation and development of Rick and Dominique Quinette.
A specially baked, bun-sized loaf of bread made at Wrangler’s Pizza Parlor & Steakhouse in Waimea is pierced with a specially developed spike starting at one end of the bun, traveling nearly to the other end of the bun.
“Puka” means “hole” in Hawaiian, and into the toasted hole is placed the diner’s combination of relishes, standard condiments, and specialty toppings, followed by a Polish sausage or veggie hot dog.
Hawaiian relishes such as mango, papaya, coconut, pineapple, star fruit and banana, as well as the couple’s original garlic lemon mayonnaise, garlic lemon jalapeno sauce, and Hawaiian chili pepper or habanero mix for “our fire eaters,” are all available to add to the Puka Dog, Dominique Quinette said.
Fresh-squeezed lemonade is offered as well.
Once they get settled into their new location, they will consider entertaining requests for franchises, according to the Web site, www.pukadog.com.
For more information, please call 635-6354.
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