Beloved New Jersey hot dog stand re-opens
After a catastrophe four years ago and then obstacle after obstacle, Der Wunder Wiener is open again in Bayville.
The popular hot dog stand is owned by Gerald LaCrosse; on June 11, 2018, an SUV crashed into the stand, destroying the building and seriously injuring the (then) 74-year-old LaCrosse. The stand had been there for almost 35 years.
According to the Asbury Park Press, LaCrosse was pinned under a refrigerator and grill; he was freed and flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he underwent multiple surgeries. After that, there was a lengthy rehab. He planned on reopening Wonder Wiener in 2020, but COVID ruined that plan. He also went through zoning issues on where to place his trailer. It is now about a half mile south of where it was when it was destroyed.
LaCrosse speaks glowingly about the community support he received after his injuries; the community even raised money to tide LaCrosse over when he had no income. About the support, he told APP.com, "It’s just an incredible thing, "I wanted so very much to pay these people back, and I thought the best way to do that was to not let it get me and to re-open."
The new Der Wunder Wiener offers the same hot dogs as the old stand, including the classic Wunder Wiener with a sauce made from tomato paste, paprika, onions, garlic, and spices. The stand also offers other items such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and french fries.
The Berkeley Police Department saved the sign from the original Wunder Wiener, which is displayed at the new location.
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