Snacks! bodega to open on Ballard Ave.

Down at the end of the parking lot just outside King’s Hardware on Ballard Ave. sits a new little market called Snacks!

Snacks! is the brainchild of Ballard’s hot dog king, Dante Rivera. He says to think of this as a high-end 7-11. He’s planning to sell grocery staples, he’ll give vendors from the Farmers Market a space to sell their wares and of course he’ll be selling his famous hot dogs.

Dante has some fun new ideas for the dogs. He’s going to ship chili in from his home town of Detroit for the Coney dog and he’s created a “Chilly Dog” that is a hot dog bun with soft serve ice cream, his idea of an ice cream sandwich (served with a spork.) He tells us that a portion of all the proceeds will go to a non-profit here in Ballard, “When you’re making a purchase here you’re supporting your community.” The grand opening for Snacks! is next Monday, June 15th. The hours will be Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not to worry, his hot dog carts aren’t going anywhere. (Disclosure: Dante advertises on MyBallard.)

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azbat5
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azbat5

Can you believe it, I've been living in Ballard for about 5 years now and I still haven't had a Dante Dog. I'm so ashamed.

ballardgirl
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ballardgirl

that is so amazing, I'm from detroit originally and I love the coney dogs :) yum, that is definitely what is needed here!!!

jm
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jm

I think King's sells burger food – not hardware.

angelatini
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angelatini

True, now they do, but it used to be King's Hardware store before it became a bar and restaurant. :)

angelatini
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angelatini

Dante serves the best dogs in town! He not only serves regular hot dogs and veggie dogs, but he also serves chicken and Italian sausages made by CasCioppo Brothers.

He's the sweetest guy you'll ever meet. Definitely support him, because he's the bee's knees!!! :)

Trix
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Trix

Me either, and I've been here for 8. Something to add to the list! :-)

Archibald
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Archibald

They must have had a sneek peak during the bike races on Saturday, because I stopped in and bought a cold drink.

Glad to know Dante is from Detroit. Can't wait to try his coney…did that sound weird?

SeaSpider
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SeaSpider

It's a very cool concept and it's great that he's giving back some of his money. That said, the store looks pretty spartan. That minimalist look can work when you're selling iPods or designer clothes but grocers/convenience stores operate on razor thin margins, usually 1-5%. There's a reason why places like Ballard Market, QFC, 7-Eleven, etc., are all packed to the gills with product. On top of that he doesn't appear to be selling alcohol or tobacco which make up 40% of most convenience store sales.

If he wants to really embrace the bodega concept he should add a well-stocked magazine stand (maybe take some cues from Fog City News in SF) and a nice selection of baked goods.

Also not sure of the store placement. Successful bodega's are usually located on corners near large apartment buildings with convenience being the primary selling point. This store is located in a shopping district that's at least a block from any large condo/apartment buildings.

Again, I really do hope he succeeds though he seems to be going very much against the proven model.

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

Selling magazines is definitely not a profitable venture. And, I'm sure he will never sell alcohol and almost as sure he'll never sell tobacco. If a store can succeed on personality and hot dogs, Dante's certainly will, but I definitely agree that baked goods won't hurt. The idea of adding wares from the Sunday Ballard Market that will be available during the week (think nonperishables) is pretty smart.

Grubby Ballard
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Grubby Ballard

High end 7/11? I guess that means no coke and a Twinkie for a working stiff like myself.

How about opening up more low end stuff?

gmer
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gmer

No you are both wrong, it was Ballard Hardware which was a hardware store. King's Hardware is the current name of the bar.

Trix
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Trix

There are two 7 11 's within walking distance of each other (Market & 24th). You can also get your Twinkies at Tobacco Plus on 60th & 15th, two blocks from an AM/PM.
The working stiffs will be just fine.

angelatini
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angelatini

I mis-typed as I have been working for two today. Whoops. My point still remains intact…it used to be a hardware store. :)

angelatini
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angelatini

Amen.

And I don't think Dante is by any means trying to be upscale, just wants to serve better food than a 7-11.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

I haven't seen his hot dog stand since I had a booth at the farmer's market 7 years ago. I apparently don't get out much. I hope he succeeds and I'll go spend money there to back that up :)

Julianna Hoover
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This is so exciting! I complained early of not having a place on Ballard Ave. to go get snacks during work breaks and now here it is, the answer to my prayers! I'm so happy.

workethic
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Dante is the fucking man. Much anticipated Ballard Ave. bodega experience..

Born right the first time
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Born right the first time

tsk, tsk, you don't know what your missing..

chopper_74
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chopper_74

You had me at Coney dog…I can't wait.

Born right the first time
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Born right the first time

You can go to the 89er baseball championship game at Gilman field (sort of behind McDonalds) and get a Dante Dog tonight after 6pm!

jules
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jules

Good work, Dante. I look forward to supporting you like i have all these years with your dogs! They rock and so do you my friend:)

the ice cream dogs sound kinda cool.

gurple
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This is great — another place to stop in and get a few things, right on my bike commute home. I hope he stocks a lot of Farmer's Market stuff and some baked goods!

milo dakkat
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milo dakkat

Sounds like a good idea but I just hope there is a bathroom available to customers. When I'm out on a long walk thru the 'hood, a food venue with a no-hassle bathroom determines where I stop for a break. Btw, I hate hot dogs but bagel chips and seltzer are always a nice little snack.

Trix
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Trix

Hattie's Hat and the People's Pub are both hassle free bathroom experiences. And they both have pretty good lunch menus. Though, I think People's Pub doesn't open before 3:00.
But I echo your concern. My bladder is squished into a 4'10 frame so I had to become an expert in public restrooms. If Dante has any compassion he'll have a customer access restroom.

eej
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eej

Yay for Coney Dogs says a fellow Michigander! I can't wait!