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Faces of Kansas City: NY Dawg Pound packs in patrons

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The hot dog, it's as American as apple pie and baseball.

In this week's "Faces of Kansas City," Brad Stephens introduced viewers to two guys who see money when they look at a hot dog.

It's lunchtime and the crowd is hungry. There's no sushi or salad at the New York Dawg Pound.

A quick look at the menu at the New York Dawg Pound and the customer immediately realizes that it is a meat-lovers paradise.

The hot dog restaurant on Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park has only been open for a few months, but word has spread and it's not uncommon for customers to be lined up out the door.

"I feel like the luckiest man alive," said Sal Frustaci. "This is incredible for me."

For years, Frustaci had dreamed of opening his own place. The native New Yorker had managed several restaurants around town, but then the economy soured and he lost his job.

"I didn't tell anybody," he said. "I was more embarrassed that I'd been fired."

He said what happened next was karma.

"I told Sal ... I just got fired," Will Brown said. "He said, 'Really, so did I.' He's like, 'I've been thinking about opening my own place, do you want to do it with me?'"

Both veterans of the restaurant business, the two decided to take the plunge and launch a haven for hot dog lovers.

"In the summer, what do people grill?" Brown said. "Burgers and hot dogs. So don't tell me people don't like hot dogs. It's a billion-dollar industry."

"It's such comfort food, family food," Frustaci said. "Everybody loves hot dogs."

"We have 30 different toppings," Brown said.

At the New York Dawg Pound, variety is the spice of life.

"We've got the Yankee poodle, which is egg, bacon and cheese," Brown said. "It's a fried egg on a hotdog. We've got the goofy dog, which is peanut butter and bacon."

The recipe for success is simple -- make great food and give great service with just a splash of karma.

"Good things can happen to good people," Frustaci said. "I think it's happening to us right now."

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