ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Elizabeth and the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) celebrated its 4th annual National Hot Dog Day Celebration on Wednesday afternoon featuring $1 dollar hot dogs from Tommy’s Italian Hot Dogs and Sausages, and Jerry’s Frankfurters both located two stores apart on Second Avenue, in the city.

The event featured a DJ, vendor giveaways, and a special appearance by Star Car owner Tommy DeFrancesco and his 1974 “Starsky & Hutch” Gran Torino, which was the hit of the day. 

Tommy’s, located at 900 Second Avenue has been operating for 49 years and run by the son of the original proprietor Tommy Parrinello, Sr., who started the business after his father purchased the building on Second Avenue. A third-generation business, Tommy’s has been ranked annually as one of the top 5 best Italian Hot Dogs in the state while Jerry’s cracks the Top 20 each year for Best Hot Dog in the State of NJ. The Star-Ledger Munchmobile and National Food Magazines have written about both places extensively over the years with Tommy’s receiving National acclaim from various publications and rankings. 

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Jerry’s Famous Frankfurters, 906 Second Avenue, is entering its 68th year of operation on Elizabeth Avenue and has gained a following for not only its hot dogs but homemade chili using the same recipe for years. Present owner Miguel Patrikios has perfected the cooking method passed down for generations which give Jerry’s hot dogs that perfect “snap” that keep customers coming back for more. Both eateries are open seven days a week, including holidays. 

Mayor Chris Bollwage, Councilman Carlos Torres, Union County Freeholder Sergio Granados, and Assemblywoman Anette Quijano were all on hand joining the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership at this event.

The EAP represents more than 300 businesses within the Elizabeth Avenue Special Improvement District and promotes the Avenue as a great place to visit, shop, live and operate a business. For more information about the program, contact the EAP at 908-965-0660.

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