About Us

It all began in 2008. Steve Ewing, frontman for the band The Urge, opened his first hot dog stand - a humble spot to satisfy concertgoers' late-night cravings. Steve's Hot Dogs quickly grew from a hot dog cart to a successful restaurant known for its creative collaborations and unforgettable flavor combinations.

 

Steve's smoked all-beef Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs provided the basis around which a menu of culinary creativity was built. Toppings were then piled high on a fresh bun from local Italian bakery Vitale's. Customers keep coming back for their favorite staples like the Gorilla Mac and Cheese Dog or the Chicago Dog - but also never miss the restaurant's creative limited-run collaborations with local restaurants and food brands like Strange Donuts, Dogtown Pizza, Gioia's, and Pretzel Boys.

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In 2011, Steve opened his first brick-and-mortar location on the Hill. Steve's Hot Dogs is a restaurant built around COMMUNITY. The community helped Steve's launch, helped it expand, saved it from the brink in early 2020 - and they are the reason that Steve's is here today.
 

Partnering for Growth
In early 2020, Steve partnered with Danni and Marcus Eickenhorst. The pair were friends with Steve - and are also local leaders active in a number of businesses and civic initiatives throughout the St. Louis region. They also own Midtown restaurant The Fountain on Locust. In partnering, the hope was to look at how to sustain and grow Steve's Hot Dogs. Within weeks of their partnership, COVID struck and the restaurant went into survival mode. 

Giving Back to the St. Louis Community

In April of 2020, Steve, Danni and Marcus saw the need in their community as layoffs took their toll. The three worked together to launch a community giveback program called #FeedThePeople on April 8, 2020. Since its launch, the team at Steve's Hot Dogs has served thousands of free meals to people in need and first responders in the St. Louis area. Customers purchase the meals online and they are placed into a fund. When need arises, the meals are distributed on a no-questions-asked basis, as long as there are meals in our fund.

In early December of 2020, Marcus Lemonis of CNBC's The Profit purchased 2,000 meals to support this program as part of his #PlatingChange initiative. The Steve's team is partnering with organizations such as Tent Mission, Zion Lutheran Food Pantry, St. Patrick's Center, and others to ensure those meals go to the people who need them most.

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Expanding Steve's Hot Dogs

In September of 2021, we moved to our new home on South Grand - a space that tripled the size of our dining room, added a bar, and gave us easy access to outdoor dining and concert space at Ritz Park. As we settle into the new space and look forward at what's next for Steve's Hot Dogs, we see new opportunities for artist collaborations, family-friendly day festivals in the park and adult-oriented evenings at the bar.

 

We also look forward to opportunities to grow Steve's footprint in years to come through partnerships and new locations. Watch this space for more!

Steve Singing
Keep the Pint Night
Christmas Jam
Karaoke at Steve's Hot Dogs
DJ Uptown
Elvis Dog
Christmas Jam 4
Christmas Jam 2
Star Wars Night
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Halloween Six Feet Aparty
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Wedding Catering
Six Feet Aparty

Six Feet Aparty September 2020

Dogtown Pizza Steve's Hot Dogs

Collaborating with Dogtown Pizza on a new dog!

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Unseasonably warm day and the porch is full in Tower Grove!

Rene Knott visits Steve's Hot Dogs

Rene Knott stopping by for a visit!

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Beer & Dogs Pairing Night

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Santa Visits

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Announcing Their Big Day!