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Monday, January 21, 2013

PRONTO PUPS

Fans brave cold and wind for Pronto Pups' annual Winter Weekend event in Grand Haven


Customers wait in line to place an order at Pronto Pups in Grand Haven during the lunch hour on Jan. 19, 2013. The popular food stand was open Jan. 18 to 20 for its annual Winter Weekend event.Lisha Arino | MLive
By Lisha Arino | larino@mlive.com
from:  mlive.com
January 19, 2013
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Hundreds stopped by Pronto Pups, a popular food stand that sells corndogs, on Jan. 19 to take advantage of the business's annual winter opening and to grab some lunch.
The stand, located at 313 S. Harbor Dr., is generally open only during the summer season, but for the past few years, its owners, Carl and Nancy Nelson, have opened it on the third weekend in January.
This year's Winter Weekend event was scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 to 20.
Despite the cold and windy weather, fans of the deep fried, battered hot-dog on a stick lined up along Harbor Drive, dressed in their winter coats, hats and gloves.
Many said the corndogs were worth it.
 
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"It is so good," said Grand Rapids resident Mark Boss as he savored his four Pronto Pups. He came to the event with his adult children Tyler Gaastra, Marylynn Gaastra, and Hunter Boss.
Mark Boss said it was a family tradition to eat Pronto Pups. He ate it as a child, he said, and then introduced it to his kids.
"I call them up and say 'They're open this weekend,' and they're all 'We're going! We're going!'" he said as his kids chuckled. "So now we come up to get our Pronto Pups even though it's so cold we can't believe it."
"But they're so good," he gushed.
The Bosses and Gaastras ate their corndogs outside near the stand, but many ran back to their cars for warmth or carried Styrofoam take-out boxes to take home.
Check out "First Bite," a new video feature by MLive and the Muskegon Chronicle. In each "First Bite" video, we'll record the first time someone tastes their food in an effort to show their initial reactions and first impressions. For our inaugural feature, we spoke with a Grand Rapids family who are eating their first Pronto Pups for the year. See what they have to say. From left: Tyler Gaastra, Mark Boss, Marylynn Gaastra and Hunter Boss.
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http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/01/fans_brave_cold_and_wind_for_p.html

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