Chattanooga's Miss Griffins Foot Long Hot Dogs eyes relocation

Keeping an 83-year-old tradition cooking

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Josh Hyde poses with a hot dog on August 15, 2022 at Miss Griffin's Foot Long Hot Dogs. Miss Griffin's, who has served Chattanooga foot-long hot dogs since 1939, will be relocated due to the current building being purchased.

Josh Hyde remembers well the first thing he did when he took over Miss Griffins Foot Long Hot Dogs.

"I took the bars off the windows," he said. "I believed in Main Street.

"I went to school a block away, at [now-defunct] Senter School," the Chattanooga native said. "It was like Miss Griffins found me, not the other way around."

According to its website, Miss Griffins opened near the corner of East Main and Central Ave., in 1939. The restaurant has occupied its current building there since the mid-1960s, but that building has been sold. Hyde said Monday he'll likely have to relocate.

"Finding a spot that's going to represent 83 years of history, and keep it alive, is going to be tricky," Hyde said.