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Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, Colorado

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

A classic example of roadside architecture, this diner is shaped like a giant hot dog complete with toppings. The hot dog is 42 feet long, and the building weighs 18 tons. The original owner envisioned a chain of hot-dog-shaped diners across the state, but his business closed and he sold the building. Successive owners have relocated the diner from Denver, to Aspen Park, to its current location in Bailey, Colorado. The diner underwent renovations and reopened for business in 2016. It serves a variety of local fare and, of course, coney-style hot dogs.

Building materials: Roof, gourd; façade, gourd; door: birch bark; window, winged euonymus; foundation, elm bark; relish, pimenta basil; mustard, oak leaves; awning, pod, pinecone scales; picnic tables, cedar; railing, forsythia, Harry Lauder’s walking stick

The unnamed bonsai, posted earlier:

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/160s f/6.3 at 32.0mm iso5000 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Dan Greenberg15-Dec-2017 06:58
I've actually eaten there and photographed pre digital. I like this view of it. ~V~
Regine L.01-Dec-2017 16:57
I can taste the hot dogs. Lovely addition to the display. V
globalgadabout01-Dec-2017 16:20
one to relish...certainly imaginative design and use of materials...fine shot too..
Tom Munson01-Dec-2017 16:01
Wonderful capture, Helen.
Graeme01-Dec-2017 15:55
A good replica and nice picnic tables, Helen.BV
victorswan01-Dec-2017 15:35
Again so a very nice scene Helen well done BV