What's a gourmet hotdog? A restaurant in Shelter Cove Towne Centre will serve them soon

THE ISLAND PACKET
By Madison Hogan
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Ever since Adam Markowitz and his aunt, Marci Bindes, drove to visit the original Charlie Graingers in Wilmington, N.C., and he ordered his first brisket sandwich, he said he’s craved the sandwich every day.

“It’s that good,” he said.

This aunt and nephew duo will open one of the first Charlie Graingers franchises in South Carolina on Sept. 3 at 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 180, on Hilton Head Island. Markowitz said customers who visit Sept. 3 can print off the grand opening flyer on their Facebook page to get a hotdog for $1 with tax.

The restaurant — known for hotdogs, brisket and barbeque — will have grab n’ go service along with barstool and outdoor seating for larger parties, Markowitz said. Charlie Graingers joins other new ventures in Shelter Cove Towne Centre such as Jane Bistro, which opened last month, and Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, which missed its original opening date in June.

According to Markowitz, the wieners served at this franchise are gourmet hotdogs, and what separates them from the ones you find at a hotdog stand starts with the dog itself.

“We use Kahn’s hotdogs out of Cincinnati...all homemade, in-house toppings,” he said. “We offer about 15 to 20 different styles of hotdog combinations.”

The brisket Markowitz craves is smoked for 15 hours and then slow cooked for an additional 15 hours, he said.

An online menu on Charlie Graingers website includes items like chicken gumbo, a turkey salad sandwich, housemade coleslaw, a brisket sandwich with pimento cheese and a side of baked beans.

Markowitz said customers can call 24 hours in advance to order meat by the pound.

When he and his aunt toured and ate at the original restaurant, Markowitz said they fell in love with the concept of fresh, quality product and wanted to know everyone on a first name basis at their restaurant.

“Basically, we just want to let (people) know that we’re new to the area,” he said.

For the future, Markowitz said he hopes to open a second Charlie Graingers in the next two years, depending on how this venture goes.

“We’d probably want to open up our second franchise in Beaufort County, if our flagship Hilton Head location is a success,” he said.