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House of Doggs, Matts' Beignets in Food Court Wars

November 12, 2013
House of Doggs, Matts' Beignets in Food Court Wars

Two local two-person teams competed for a chance to win a free one-year lease in the Grand Traverse Mall food court at a taping yesterday of the Food Network's reality competition show Food Court Wars. Between 200 and 300 attendees came out for the taping at the mall, which pitted House of Doggs - presently located on Union Street in downtown Traverse City - against Matts' Beignets, a new start-up. Each team served three menu items: House of Doggs served a Broccoli Cheese Dog, Fusion Dog and Slaw Dog, while Matts' Beignets served Original, Banana Split and Black Forest Cake beignets.

Every attendee was given $15 in tickets by producers to purchase food items from either or both food stands. The food stand with the most tickets at the end of the taping day was declared the winner. Producers yesterday did not publicly reveal the winner of the show, but said the winning team would be revealed when the episode airs on the Food Network in February.


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W on January 28, 2014 10:53am

I don't think anyone was put out of work for the filming of Food Court Wars...

Bummed on November 27, 2013 12:40pm

Our team tried out for this show too. We were doing Michigan comfort foods and didn't make it. But based on what I am hearing afterwards, I am almost glad we didn't make it. I never would've wanted other people out of work for this.

me on November 13, 2013 4:12pm

Are they picking between just those two?! Or is it multiple through out the month? we put in an app for extremely local and AWSOME new idea and I can't believe it would be between hotdogs and fried flour. Lame

Shar on November 13, 2013 1:35pm

What a great opportunity for TC and for two small businesses to grow! I can't believe anyone would say the hotdogs are small...they fit the standard bun. I happen to know that HOD has made it a priority to sell a quality dog. If you were to order a "Rock" there is chili, cheese, onions, and shredded pickles...four ample toppings...what more can one ask for? Way to go, HOD for a GREAT job and fun place to eat a casual meal.

drk on November 13, 2013 8:53am

Good PR for who-ever wins & glad to see TC will on the Food Network, it's a foodie town. HOD fills my craving for Detroit & Chicago
style dogs, did'nt consider mustard a high end condiment. about 6 bucks for 2 dogs.

Jon on November 13, 2013 7:56am

But they kicked out two business' that were there already...and for what? House of dogs???
Small hotdog, with lowend condiments for like 6 bucks???
I will NEVER go back.
Besides- I don't want off duty cops to beat me up.

Tom E. on November 12, 2013 5:48pm

I agree with Bob however, this is fodder for still another reality show. UGH!

T on November 12, 2013 2:39pm

Restaurants needed to apply-most of our fab dining establishments in the area have no desire to be in the food court of the mall.

Phil on November 12, 2013 8:44am

The show is based on teams that currently do NOT have food courts in a mall setting. The prize is to win a year lease ON a food court joint. It's a win win to anyone who has a local food business idea. HOD, or Matt's idea. Someone will be able to grow their idea, or expand their current restaurant.

Bob on November 12, 2013 7:55am

So...Food Court Wars between a restaurant that's not even located in the food court and a new restaurant no one has heard of...
The Food Network has missed out on some absolutely amazing restaurants and Chefs in our area.

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