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Décarie hot dogs in the Saint-Laurent neighborhood have been a Montreal favorite for more than half a century and have just received a prestigious honor.

A provincial competition has declared her the Quebec Casse-Croûte royalty.

“I was very happy about that. I’m thrilled, ”says Tom Vriniotis, one of the owners of the family business.

At Décarie Hot Dogs, very little has changed since opening in 1969 on Décarie Boulevard.

The menu is original hand painted, misspellings and everything. The hot dogs are still the star, and Vriniotis and his sister Sofia still make them at the establishment founded by their Greek immigrant parents.

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“I think I was maybe eight when I started turning burgers, serving fries, serving drinks,” Tom said in an interview in the restaurant on Thursday.

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Prices have changed a bit as it was 15 cents for a hot dog, 25 cents for two.

A humble dish called poutine was introduced about 35 years ago.

“Poutine was the only menu change we had since we opened,” says Vriniotis, emphasizing the enormous popularity of the dish.

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Otherwise it’s the same old formula in the corner shop. That’s what Décarie Hot Dogs says, she just got voted Best Casse-Croûte in Quebec in a Lester Hot Dogs contest. It was decided by fan voting, and Vriniotis says Décarie Hot Dogs as the second highest vote winner received twice as many votes.

Winning the competition because of their loyal customers is something special for the Vriniotis family.

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“It’s the fact that people appreciate the effort we put into it. I think they showed this by voting for us, by supporting us, ”said Tom.

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“I am very grateful to all customers, it is they who make this possible. They support us, they believe in us. They saw all the dedication we put in, but they give us just as much, ”said Sofia.

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Tom said he appreciated the way Lester’s hot dogs wanted to light up small mom and pop restaurants across the province as opposed to big chains.

“The people who work in these mom and pop restaurants and shops put their hearts and souls into their businesses and that puts a strain on their families. It burdens them. It is nice when people show their appreciation for people and their commitment. I appreciate it, ”he said.

Spending long days in front of a hot grill for decades is hard work. The love they receive from generations of loyal customers keeps them going, they said. Customers come in every day and tell about how they have been visiting the house for decades. People explain that they were introduced to it by their parents or grandparents.

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“I hear these stories every day. It’s nice to hear because you can tell that people have made it a part of their lives. That is and is the connection we all strive for, ”said Tom.

One of those customers, 35-year-old Olivier Mallette, came in with his mother. Both have been loyal patrons for decades.

“I am pleased that the fruits of your efforts are being rewarded. I’m not surprised they won an award because they put a lot of hard work into their work, ”said Mallette.

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Tom’s 16-year-old son Perry kept the business in the family for another generation, starting to work at Décarie Hot Dogs when he was eight.

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“Not only did we win this competition or these awards, but so did our customers,” he said. His brother and sister also work shifts.

Perry says working there teaches him lessons he could never learn in school, and he’s amazed at the hard work his recently retired grandparents and everyone who came afterwards have done.

“The countless hours, tears and blood that have been shed in this place are truly breathtaking,” he said.

Perry hopes that one day the restaurant will be passed on to his children.

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