Hot dog stand owner seeks use permit from city of Buckley

The Buckley Board of Adjustment will turn its attention to a proposed hot dog stand during an upcoming public hearing.

Steve Nikolich, owner of property on the south side of state Route 410, would like to open a new business, Chicago Dogz, on a temporary basis, with the idea of perhaps making the stand a permanent fixture.

“When I was growing up in Chicago, you would see hot dog carts on almost every street corner,” Nikolich said. “This could be something new, exciting and different for Buckley.”

The Board of Adjustment will hear his proposal at 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, in the city’s Multi-Purpose Building, 811 Main St.

The hearing will allow public input on a proposed conditional-use permit for the currently un-addressed vacant lot. Neighbors, fellow property owners and other citizens are encouraged to offer suggestions and opinions.

Nikolich is hoping for a conditional use permit so he can obtain a temporary business license, allowing him to operate the hot dog stand out of a temporary structure for no more than 120 days.

Zoning regulations prefer that structures be built on top of a cement slab, but there is a provision in the code that allows temporary businesses to operate for 120 days within a temporary structure supported by wooden beams.

Questions or written comments may be directed to Suraiya Rashid, associate city planner, at 360-829-1921, ext. 207.

Nikolich is no stranger to the Buckley business scene. He is the landlord for Hope Medical Center and Home Town Restaurant in town.

The temporary structure he is proposing looks like a log cabin.

“I just kind of wanted to have a go at this thing,” he said. “I figured it would blend right in with the town’s logging theme, the Log Show and all.”

Reach John Leggett at or 360-802-8207.

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