Good news for hot dog lovers in Southern New England - Grote & Weigel, which had recently announced their closure, has been purchased by Chicopee Ma-based Rachael's Food Corporation (a division of J. Polep.) After a brief hiatus, production will resume at Grote & Weigel's Bloomfield CT facility. Rachael's has also made it known that current Grote & Weigel employees will be retained.
You can read the press release here, at the Hartford Courant's website.
When I first heard that they were closing, I scoured supermarkets in my area and managed to buy about 25 packages of Grote & Weigel Natural Casing hot dogs, stashing them in the freezer for later enjoyment. Tonight, I'm celebrating their return by grilling up somma them dogs.