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West Coast couple making a success of The Dog House

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pictured from left, Lucas Halsey, Angela Dennis and Kyleigh Harper work the counter at The Dog House, a local eatery specializing in customizing menu items at no extra cost.
(Loretta George/Tribune)
Angie and Jace Dennis are California transplants with Southeast Kansas roots.

"Jace's grandparents retired here. His grandmother, Raylene Hall Dennis, is from Fort Scott. His grandpa, Bob Dennis, is from Pleasanton. They married here, then went into the service. They raised their family in California," said Angela Dennis, manager of The Dog House.

"His grandfather started a hot dog cart in downtown Fort Scott, basic hot dogs. Before Jace came, he had a little building on South National. Jace came here two years ago ... to help with specialty dogs. His grandfather stopped doing it and Jace took a cart to Pittsburg. He did that until this building was offered to him in November 2011," she added.

The building is owned by Pete's Corp. and Mazzio's Pizza has a business in the south side of the building.

Angela manages the business at 1209 S. National, while Jace just started on Jan. 14 to take a cart again to the corner of Second and Broadway in Pittsburg.

"He caters to PSU (Pittsburg State University) students," she said.

"Jace came up with the specialty dogs. All (the) recipes are Jace's original recipes. Our prices are pretty decent; everything is fresh food. His recipes are orginal and are good."

Jace has expanded the menu to include tacos and all sorts of "other goodies. We customize all our menu items at no extra cost."

Angela was a teacher for the blind before coming to Kansas. "I was a teacher in California, moved here January 2012, from Woodland, Calif.," she said.

Their son, Samuel, was born on March 31, 2012. "He comes to work with me," she said. "All the girls come in and want to hold him. I love it."

They deliver and can be reached at (530) 207-9884, and also have a page on Facebook.

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