Many of you will know Feed Hot Dog Co. from various events in Portsmouth including Victorious Festival and more recently the Guildhall Square‘s Festive celebrations. Things are changing for its founder Pete Hunt and his team, they are bringing their great street food inside and are now reborn as Need Street Food.
Need Street Food is taking up residency at The Merchant House, a new craft ale bar sited on Highland Road in Southsea. Diners can expect unique takes on classic street food, from double-stacked waffle cut-stuffed burgers and hot sauce-smothered chicken to rosemary salted fries and, of course, hot dogs from the Feed days. Need’s menu caters for vegetarians and vegans, too. Peter calls their new vegan chicken burger “the best guilt-free comfort food going.”
Need is also introducing the Sunday Roast Club, giving visitors the chance to order the signature British weekend dish in advance and offering a break from the hectic Sunday preparations back at home.
Peter Hunt and his friends have been funding shipments of thousands of nutrient-rich packets of food to malnourished children in Syria and Yemen by selling gourmet hot dogs at street markets and festivals. A proportion of every order made will fund packets of life-saving ‘Plumpy’Nut’ food for malnourished children in Syria and Yemen.
Peter said: “We’re incredibly excited to be laying down roots in The Merchant House. Our menu is expanding, our brand is evolving, and we’re continuing to support the cause we care so deeply about. Loyal customers from the days of Feed Hot Dog Co. have been getting as excited us! The support and anticipation is already flooding in, and we couldn’t be happier.
“I started Feed Hot Dog Co. in 2016 by combining the idea to use street food inspired from my travels with my desire to help children suffering with severe acute malnutrition. To see that idea expanding to a full-blown restaurant and kitchen space in just two years is pure brilliance. I’m honoured.”