Our humble beginnings. We started out with zero restaurant experience, very little culinary skills, and a maxed out credit card. The learning curve was steep, but we showed up every day and kept making improvements. It took two summers to really get a handle on things. We made several changes to the menu, bought a few new pieces of equipment, and slowly built a following.
Progress. During our third summer, things really started to take hold. We cut our hours and focused on lunch. We were able to always have three people working in the trailer while we were open. Hungry Hippie founder Greg Konwinski still did all of the prep work and cleanup, but things really started to look up. During the third summer we got the trailer wrapped and business steadily increased throughout the summer. Local chef Kevin Peterson came on board to help on Friday nights, and we had our first live music at the Hippie. During year four, an opportunity came up. We decided the if we wanted to grow, we had to step our game up. Enter the.......
The Hippie Dome
Hippie Dome. In late 2017, we bought the iconic Dairy Queen Dome on State Ave. That winter, we installed a kitchen, put up a new sign, and started our first venture into the brick and mortar restaurant business. We hit the ground running and became on of the go-to spots for lunch in Alpena. There was a lot of late nights and a pretty steep learning curve. After starting out with two very part-time employees our first year, we had 15 people employed during our first summer in the dome.
For the past five years we've been running the Hungry Hippie in the summer, and doing all sorts of odd jobs during the winter to make ends meet. In February 2019, an opportunity came up to become a year round business. We packed up the Hippie Dome, and moved into the Alpena Mall. Having an indoor kitchen during the winter has been a great move. We see a great future at the Mall and look forward to growing into the space and having it be our anchor location. Lot of great things on the way!!! Stay tuned!