Destination Dogs was founded and is owned by two partners: Jimmy Cronk, and Sean Hosty, who met while working at Clydz restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ. It was there that we formed our friendship, honed our skills, and eventually decided to focus on opening an establishment of our very own. We each bring to the table our own talents, and an undeniable drive to be the very best in the business we love so much. We are all lovers of food. We are all lovers of travel.
We all want to share this with every customer that walks in our door. We are all passionate about the product we make, about the town it’s in, and about the experiences our customers have while dining in our establishment. Most importantly, we understand that without our customers Destination Dogs would never exist, and our customers should know that we are forever thankful for the opportunity to share with you our passion for the product we love so much!
Jimmy Cronk is the creator and visionary behind the Destination Dogs concept. His passion for travel and adventure is only dwarfed by his love of all meats encased, and it is his mission to share this with every customer that dines at Destination Dogs! It is his personal goal to elevate hot dogs and sausages to a level of culinary respectability, and to abolish the term “vegetarian sausage”, which he feels is an oxymoron. He and his wife Diana have made it their mission to step foot on every continent, and try every cuisine the world has to offer. Their travels have taken them to places such as Egypt, India, Europe, and South America in search of a great meal, which he feels is the literal definition of the term “Dining out”. He honed his skills in the restaurant industry while working as a consultant for various successful restaurants across the U.S. Jimmy believes that traveling and food are tied for the third great loves of his life, behind his wife, and his daughter Phoebe.
Sean Hosty is the Managing Partner, and the business end of the business at Destination Dogs. His hospitality expertise was honed while working for the Levy Restaurant group in Chicago, which is also where his love affair with the hot dog began! It is his personal mission to make Destination Dogs a household brand. He feels that each customer that dines at Destination Dogs should be treated like family, and that they shouldn’t have to spend five star prices to receive a five star dining experience. He also believes that each Friday should be a celebration of the duck, his favorite fowl. Which is how we came up with “Duck Fat Fry-Days”. Sean is also a traveler. He and his wife Keri have made it their mission to see the world, and have traveled to such places as Greece, Ireland, and most of Europe in search of a perfect meal. Sean believes that food and travel are tied for the third great loves of his life, behind his wife, and his daughter Dylan.
Michael Parker is a managing partner, and the swag end of the business at Destination Dogs. He is a bar man through and through honing his skills as a tenured bartender at Clydz in New Brunswick. It is his goal to bring approachable high-end craft cocktails to people who have little experience or knowledge with craft spirits. Parker’s love doesn’t end with spirits, he is also an avid traveler and musician who has played music all over the United States as well as South America, France, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, and Belgium. (Yes he is famous in Europe) Parker is on a never ending quest to find the perfect meal which he is in constant search of, frequently circumnavigating the world with his travel buddy and long time travel companion Rocky, his monster Bull Mastiff American Bulldog.