JOLIET, IL — When October arrived Thursday, Joliet’s ACE Drive-In on Plainfield Road closed for the season. But you can still enjoy quality car-hop service in Joliet this month and beyond. In March, the Hey! Hot Dog on Ruby Street turned its long-time popular restaurant into a full-fledged car-hop service amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, the parking lot was full. Cars, trucks and vans were coming and going. A few customers were enjoying the cool, beautiful autumn day at one of the wooden picnic tables.
And some people weren’t coming for the famous root beer or the steamed hot dogs. They came for the produce.
For the past nine years, Hey! Hot Dog owner B.J. Uedelhofen has operated a sweet corn stand at his Ruby Street. Besides owning Hey! Hot Dog, Uedelhofen owns a farm west of Shorewood.
Besides selling sweet corn, Uedelhofen also has tomatoes, apples, gourds, squash