In a tweet Friday night, Good Dog owners Daniel Caballero and Amalia Pferd informed their followers that they signed a lease to bring their food truck to a brick and mortar location but did not announce the address. In a process that the pair tell Eater has taken "almost a year," they found the "perfect location" in the former Big Mamou space on Studewood. While they looked at various options inside the loop, they consider the Heights "our hood" and really like that the space has two patios and "has been maintained impeccably."
While they're unwilling to commit to an exact timeframe for opening, they promise it will be "before football season" starts in September. As for changes, they plan "to paint the interior and exterior of the building, get more refrigeration/ equipment and add a draft beer cooler." One of the benefits of more space will be an expanded menu featuring "some of our top hot dog specials (and) additional side items." There will even be a few non-hot dog entrees, but they haven't finalized what those will be yet. They'll still be "making everything in house using Texas-sourced products when possible." In terms of beer, they plan a rotating selection of Texas craft options and some Texas wines, too.
While they're preparing the space, they anticipate that the truck will be limited to "caterings, events & pop-up shifts occasionally." In the future, they'll follow the Eatsie Boys model of primarily using the truck for catering or special events, but they hope to "to eventually get it back on the road on a regular basis" sometime in the future.
The move puts Good Dogs squarely in the middle of a trend that's seen Green Seed Vegan, the Eatsie Boys, The Modular (Goro & Gun), Fusion Taco, Fat Cat Creamery and Porch Swing Desserts all move to permanent spaces. Asked whether they have any theories about why so many trucks are getting off the street, they declined to speculate but said "for us this has been a goal we have been working towards for over two years."