By PAUL SEBERT
For The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON - A staple of Huntington fast food passed a major milestone this week as Farley's Famous Hot Dogs turned 50. The venerable drive-in was established May 6, 1968, by Harry and Flourance Farley.
The small restaurant was built by several Farleys' family members and friends, including Gene Groves and Bobby Gooch. The restaurant started as a Stewart's Hot Dogs franchise before going independent in 1995. Today the restaurant is run by Harry Farley's grandson Buck Farley and his wife Allison.
For the restaurant's 50th anniversary the building was given a small makeover. For years the building remained orange, a nod to its roots as a Stewart's. During the last weekend of April the outside was repainted black and white.
"I painted it black and white to match our logo, which I had redesigned in 2008," Buck Farley said.
"What inspired us to go independent is that my grandmother had the best sauce recipe. In my opinion she has the best sauce anywhere. That's why we did it. We wanted to go on our own with our name and trademark," he said. "We still make our sauce and slaw the same way every day."
Customers looking for a quick bite to eat can enjoy a hot dog ($1.75) with mustard, onions, sauce and slaw. There's also beef and pork barbecue ($3.29) sandwiches, hamburgers ($2.19), and cheeseburgers ($2.29). For a dessert you can enjoy a Root Beer Float for $2.99 (small) or $3.49 (large.) The restaurant also sells pints of its hot dog sauce for $8.99.
Farley's Famous Hot Dogs is located at 5965 U.S. 60 in Barboursville across the street from the pink elephant.
It is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders call 304-736-5819.
If you go: Farley's Famous Hotdogs
TYPE: Hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue
ADDRESS: 5965 U.S. 60 East, Barboursville
HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards