By Marlee Tuskes SYRACUSE, NY (NCC News) — During the spring and summer, it’s not uncommon to find a crowd of people waiting in a line on the corner of Warren and Madison Streets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – weather permitting.
And each person knows to come hungry, because what they’re waiting for is a hot dog – or kielbasa – or a hamburger – from Tall Paul’s The Dog Cabin.
Paul Waleski and his “dog cabin” have claimed their spot downtown for the past 24 years, and Waleski said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Come March, Waleski and his stand are in full swing Monday through Friday.
But, he said this job is seven days a week and almost thirteen hours a day when in season.
Waleski starts his day at 5:30 a.m. stocking his cart, coolers and trunk with food and drinks for the day.
Then, the cart is put into the truck before he goes to pick up his right-hand-man Georgie, who has worked with Waleski for about 13 years.
Waleski said he’s always loved log cabins and wanted one, so it didn’t take long to figure out what name he wanted for his hot dog stand when he first opened it.
Even with the long days and hard work, Waleski said he had to find some way to pay his bills, and for now this is how he prefers it.
Because when it’s fall or winter and the stand is in its off-season, Waleski spends his time making model trains – and waiting for next season’s hot dog stand.