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Fort Lee Hot Dog Joint Shuts Its Doors

Hot dogs from Callahan's in Fort Lee.
Hot dogs from Callahan's in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Instagram

FORT LEE, N.J. — In less than one year of being open, Callahan's in Fort Lee has shut its doors.

The Anderson Avenue shop opened in 2016 and is in no way affiliated with the Callahan's in Norwood, owned by Dan DeMiglio, former shop owner Leonard Castrianni's nephew.

The original Callahan's in Fort Lee closed in 2006, and was owned by DeMiglio's grandfather.

DeMiglio, however, brought Callahan's back from the dead in a food truck in 2014, and the following year opened the eatery's first brick and mortar store in Norwood.

He gained international attention last year for his Truffle Mac And Cheese Burger, which had people calling from Japan and road-tripping from across the country just for a taste.

DeMiglio has since opened another two food trucks.

Still confused? Here's the timeline

  • 1950: Leonard Castrianni opens Callahan's in Fort Lee on Palisades Avenue
  • 1982: New location opened by Leonard Castrianni Jr., in Little Ferry
  • 2000: Leonard Castrianni dies
  • 2006: Callahan's Fort Lee closes
  • 2007: Callahan's Little Ferry closes
  • 2014: Castrianni's grandson, Dan DeMiglio, revives Callahan's via food truck, and later Norwood storefront.
  • 2016: Leonard Castrianni Jr. and his business partner Greg Pappas opened Callahan's Hot Dog Emporium in Fort Lee on Anderson Avenue.
  • 2017: Castrianni Jr. and Pappas' shop closed in March 2017, after 10 months in business.

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