HOT DIGGITY DOG: Cathy and Steve Lucas will open a new hotdog restaurant, Dickie's Dogs, in Airlie Beach today. (Picture: Laura Thomas)
HOT DIGGITY DOG: Cathy and Steve Lucas will open a new hotdog restaurant, Dickie's Dogs, in Airlie Beach today. (Picture: Laura Thomas)

Taste of ’50s hits heart of Airlie Beach

A TASTE of the 1950s will hit Airlie Beach today with the opening of a new hotdog diner, Dickie’s Dogs.

The diner, located on Main St, is a blast from the past from the menu all the way to the floor-to-ceiling mural straight out of the Elvis era.

Dickie’s Dogs is also a family affair, owned by Cathy and Steve Lucas as well as their daughter Mel and her partner Eden.

Mr Lucas said he was inspired by the travellers of Airlie Beach to create a menu complete with 15 types of hotdogs and five types of doughnuts that catered to every taste.

“There’s so many people from all over the world who come here, so how do you please them all? Have all different dogs,” he said.

Steve’s brother Paul is the master behind the menu and has a wealth of experience in the culinary industry.

However, this is the first time the Lucas’ have dabbled in the world of hotdogs and as the country continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus, the pair said it had been an interesting introduction.

BLAST FROM PAST: The diner is 1950s themed complete with memorabilia from Mrs Lucas' own collection. (Picture: Laura Thomas)
BLAST FROM PAST: The diner is 1950s themed complete with memorabilia from Mrs Lucas' own collection. (Picture: Laura Thomas)

“We signed the lease to the shop two weeks before the coronavirus shut everything down and we thought, ‘Well, what are we going to do?” Mrs Lucas said.

“We thought there was only one way to go, so we went forward and tried to turn a negative into a positive.

“It’s sort of like a new start to everything.”

The ’50s experience of Dickie’s Dogs extends past the menu – Mrs Lucas has adorned the walls with her own collection of eclectic vintage memorabilia.

“We’re rock and rollers and I’m very much into vintage,” she said.

“I used everything that’s here and I thought I’d put it on display and let other people look at it and enjoy it.

“I know where every piece is from and every piece has a story.”

Dickie’s Dogs will open its doors for the first time from 9am today and once Airlie Beach’s night scene is up and running, it will remain open until the early hours of the morning.

In the meantime, Mr Lucas said the diner would be a “fun and loud” injection of energy, colour and history for Airlie Beach.


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