Windmill Hot Dogs Closing in Hoboken

A Year Later Hurricane Sandy Still Wreaking Havoc

Windmill Hot Dogs closes in Hoboken NJThe WindMill of Hoboken was off to a running start and then BAMM….. Hurricane Sandy hit! Although the restaurant itself did not sustain damage, the Path Station was severely affected, as were many neighboring homes and businesses. Due to flooding and the closure of the Path Station, locals had to find alternative ways into NYC. The commuters stopped coming and pedestrian traffic in front of the once busy location thinned daily. As a result, The WindMill of Hoboken’s steadily growing business began to shrink more and more each day. Simply put, after Hurricane Sandy, things were just never the same.

Despite the circumstances, the Hoboken owners, Roger and Tim, were fiercely committed to keeping the location open. In fact, they so believe in the strength of the WindMill brand that they opened a second location in Brick, NJ, this past May.

They were hoping once the Path was repaired, everyone in Hoboken would get back to their usual commutes and their usual patronage of the WindMill. Unfortunately, it eventually became obvious that, after such an extended closure, their Hoboken customers had found new ways to travel, new places to park and new restaurants to frequent. So this Monday, with heavy hearts, after many months of continually declining business, they decided to close the doors in Hoboken in order to better concentrate their efforts on the new Brick location.

Rena Levine Levy and Steven Levine, owners of the WindMill Franchise Company, have stated that while they regret the closing, they must acknowledge the valiant efforts made by the owners of the location. “Roger and Tim have nothing to be ashamed of; they both worked tirelessly to make their business work. Sandy was an unexpected catastrophe and the aftermath was just too large to overcome.” stated Steven Levine. Rena Levine Levy went on to add, “We are saddened at this loss, but look forward to the continued success of the WindMill of Brick and to Roger and Tim opening several more locations at the Jersey Shore.”

Roger and Tim wish to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who supported the WindMill and would like to assure their friends in Hoboken that, should another opportunity arise, they would be delighted to someday make a return. Both believe there is nothing better than a WindMill hot dog and both agree it has been their pleasure to serve Hoboken the very best. They also look forward to future opportunities to prove YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD DOG DOWN!

WindMill Hot Dogs on the block in Hoboken

10/1/2013 Update:

A little over a year after opening – the Hoboken Windmill Hot Dogs is for sale. The restaurant space can be yours for a measly $250k (plus rent, etc.) which you can keep running as a WindMill – or turn it into your own fast food joint.

Not sure why the guys who so happily started it are looking to get out. But I’m sure their reasoning probably makes sense.

If not a WindMill – what would score tons of points with residents and visitors of Hoboken?

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WindMill Grand Opening celebration in Hoboken, NJ

5/11/2012 Update:

This afternoon – local celebrities Artie Lange, Danny Aiello and others celebrated the official grand opening of WindMill Hot Dogs downtown at 79 Hudson Street. See select photos below.

Thanks to Ian from East View Photography for the pics!

Windmill Hot Dogs set up open soon in Hoboken

4/19/2012 update:

The wait for WindMill “Gourmet Fast Food” will soon be over!

The new restaurant located at 79 Hudson Street is on the home stretch of renovations since taking over the spot from Lucky’s Burgers a few months ago.

Some notable changes to the establishment include rearranging the kitchen apparatus, making the griddle the “star attraction,” and one of the things that will first catch your eye when you walk in. Who doesn’t like to see “smiling hot dogs?”

Additionally, WindMill locations each have a custom murals painted inside, which reflect the character of the city or area they’re in. The Hoboken WindMill mural of course, is expected to have a depiction of Frank Sinatra, as well as other pop-culture icons – which will add to the fun experience patrons will have. The seating capacity is approximately 28 inside, and 22 outside during “sidewalk season.”

WindMill is especially proud of the quality of their food. From the hot dogs (which you can even buy in some select supermarkets), to the burgers, chicken sandwiches and even custom-cut rib-eye steaks. It looks like low-carbers can also get in on the action, with garden salads topped with any of their meats. The cheese fries are also known to be a very popular item.

Lastly, WindMill will have super-late hours on Fridays and Saturdays (open till 4am), as well as delivery – which will really appeal to residents in all corners of Hoboken.

Stay tuned for their “soft” opening (as soon as mid-next week), and other fun locally-inspired surprises that are in the works!

Good luck WindMill!

WindMill finally comes to Hoboken – replaces Lucky’s Burger

3/7/2012 Update:

It’s been about three years in the business rumor mill here in on Hoboken411 – and has finally become reality.

WindMill Hot Dogs (burgers & fries too) is taking the spot at 79 Hudson Street downtown. Something must have been wrong with Lucky’s Famous Burgers if they couldn’t survive in the drunkest section of Hoboken!

We wish WindMill luck!

Description: “Gourmet” Fast Food, hot dogs, burgers, fries, BBQ packs, and more.
Address: 79 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Web: www.windmillhotdogs.com
Phone: TBD

Is Windmill in Jeopardy in Hoboken?

7/28/2009 Update:

Oh boy, it seems as if the building that Windmill Hotdogs and Burgers was moving into is now for rent again! Although the Windmill website still has a Hoboken location coming soon – I only wonder if they found a better spot. I emailed them once again to see what the deal is.

Less burger choices in Hoboken would rank up there with Mayoral Corruption!

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Discussions with WindMill Hot Dogs in Hoboken

6/29/2009 Update:

Windmill emailed me back, saying:

“It is actually a bit off the corner in the building that was a dentist’s office. Construction has started up again and we hope to be opened late summer. Thanks for inquiry!”

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Windmill Hot Dogs & Burgers!

6/29/2009:

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More South Jersey in Hoboken

According to the Windmill Hot Dogs website, expect Hoboken to have yet another place to entertain your non-vegetarian cravings!

As you can see – they ambiguously list the location as “Corner of Fifth and Washington…”

Which leads me to think…

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Is the 7-Eleven not happening?

Back in April – I reported that the old Boston Chicken Market was to become a 7-Eleven. Keep in mind that I overheard this over the police radio (as they had set off a burglar alarm) – and it seemed legitimate. However, it also makes me wonder if the old Soup Man location might also be the future location of Windmill (while not technically on the “corner” – and also rumored to become another “Italian Deli”)…

I emailed WindMill last week – and haven’t received a response yet.

Was the 7-Eleven deal never finalized? Perhaps it fell through?

Either way – Hoboken is becoming a “Ham-bur-ken!”

WindMill is Socially Networked…

One other thing – WindMill stays connected with their customers:

Curiously – an update from MARCH 2nd, 2009 – indicated that “Work had begun” on the Hoboken location… before Boston Market AND Soup Man closed… makes you think.

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So much for my healthy eating

SEE THEIR MENU HERE (No prices listed…)

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