What makes a Chicago-style hot dog authentic is in the way it’s built, said Arthur Richard Sanchez Jr., owner of a new restaurant and tap house set to open in west Roseville next month. Most importantly, it's made with neon green relish and sports peppers — not pepperoncini.
Art's Craft Beer Palace, which will be at 3031 Foothills Blvd., will offer up a wide selection of craft beers along with Chicago dogs, made with quarter-pound, 100 percent beef Nathan’s hot dogs, which will be served on stadium buns.
"There is nothing like that around here," said Sanchez, adding he is shooting for an opening date in the first two weeks of June.
The new restaurant will also feature offerings such as linguica, a Portuguese sausage, plus a bacon western dog and West and East Coast versions of the Coney Island hot dog, which Sanchez described as a "glorified chili dog" topped with onions and cheese. But the East Coast version has a layer of mustard, while the West Coast doesn’t.
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"You know, I love a good hot dog,” Sanchez said.
But he also likes a good beer.
Sanchez, who comes from a long line of chefs and previously owned a restaurant in Utah, said when he decided to open up a new restaurant in the area he wanted to combine what he knew about food with the Sacramento region’s booming craft beer scene.
"Craft beers, man, are like the wave of the future," said Sanchez, adding that Art’s will have about 25 beers on tap and another five served in bottles.
The restaurant will also offer about 10 different wines, and while it will have soda for people who don’t drink, it will be open only to those 21 or older.
But Sanchez said they will have to-go orders.
"I am very, very confident that when you try the hot dogs you will want to get some to go for the family,” he said, adding that the eatery will also be available for events.
Sanchez described the restaurant’s ambiance as "smooth" and "laid back," a place where customers can relax, drink, listen to music or watch TV.
Now, all that’s left is to wait for the go ahead from the city of Roseville and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control with permits and licensing.
"We have all our ducks in a row,” Sanchez said.