Yocco's Hot Dogs


Yocco's Hot Dogs is a regionally famous hot dog and cheesesteak establishment with six restaurants, each located in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, in the United States Yocco's was founded in 1922 by Theodore Iacocca, uncle of Lee Iacocca Its corporate headquarters is located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Contents

  • 1 History and locations
  • 2 Zippy the Pinhead
  • 3 The Solid Verbal
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

History and locationsedit

Yocco's in Fogelsville

Yocco's was originally established in 1922 at its former center city Allentown location at 625 Liberty Street Its original name was the Liberty Grill From the 1970s to the 200s, five new Yocco's restaurants were opened The first was opened at 2128 Hamilton Street in Allentown, followed by locations in Emmaus, Fogelsville, Trexlertown, and Hanover Township The Liberty Street location closed in May 20161 and a location at the South Mall in Salisbury Township opened in the fall of 20162

Yocco's is currently run by Gary Iacocca, the third generation owner The company's corporate headquarters is located in Emmaus

The name Yocco's was derived from the name "Iacocca," after the family who owns the establishment However, because the Pennsylvania Dutch could not pronounce Iacocca an Italian name and said Yocco instead, the name was changed to reflect their pronunciation3

Zippy the Pinheadedit

Yocco's in Trexlertown

Yocco's has made several appearances in Zippy, a nationally syndicated comic strip featuring the character Zippy the Pinhead3

The Solid Verbaledit

Beginning during the 2015 NCAA football season, Yocco's gained exposure on the popular college football podcast The Solid Verbal Allentown resident Ty Hildenbrandt, one of the show's hosts, pays homage to Yocco's during weekly preview shows by selecting at least one team each week as the "Yocco's Home Dog of the Week" To be selected as a Home Dog, a team must be an underdog playing at their home stadium, where Hildenbrandt thinks that they can win despite the odds being in favor of their opponents4 This designation does not indicate any sponsorship of The Solid Verbal by Yocco's Rather, it is a humorous tribute based on Hildenbrandt's affinity for the restaurant and the linguistic connection between "underdog" and "hot dog"

See alsoedit

  • Historical and Notable Sites in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Referencesedit

  1. ^ WFMZ-TV "Landmark Yocco's location closing in Allentown" 69 News WFMZ Retrieved 2017-11-04 
  2. ^ Falsone, Nick "Yocco's to open 6th hot dog shop in Lehigh Valley, report says" Lehigh Valley Live The Express-Times Retrieved 2017-11-04 
  3. ^ a b Sheehan, Daniel Patrick "Simple fare has made Yocco's a top dog" The Morning Call Retrieved 2007-05-06 
  4. ^ "The Solid Verbal on Twitter" Retrieved 2016-09-15 
  • Iacocca, Lee Where Have All the Leaders Gone 

External linksedit

  • Yocco's page at HollyEatscom

Coordinates: 40°32′19″N 75°29′01″W / 40538669°N 7548356°W / 40538669; -7548356



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