Jimmy Cronk is the creator of the Destination Dogs concept and brand, as well as Co-Owner. He serves as the company’s Culinary & Creative Director, as well as Executive Chef. His love of hot dogs, worldly cuisine, and his wife Diana’s passion for travel were the inspiration for the concept and menu which he and Diana developed the in years prior to opening. He is a life-long hospitality professional working in numerous restaurants throughout his career, while holding a variety of positions, as well as conceptualizing and consulting for multiple award winning restaurants and bars. He and Co-Founder Sean Hosty met while working as mixologist at a Clydz, local New Brunswick cocktail bar, and it was there over the course of years they developed a long lasting bond that would eventually lead to them opening a place of their own. It is also where he met his future business partners, Mike Parker and Frank Karthausuer. Later they would jointly open their Neo-Neapolitan pizza and cocktail concept, Fatto Americano with Jackie Mazza, who developed Destination Dogs original bread recipe, and her famous pretzel, which is a crowd favorite!
Jimmy’s passion for food and travel has allowed him to appreciate the great cultures and cuisines that still inspire him. He is proud to call New Jersey his home, and is appreciative of its culinary and cultural diversity, even though he constantly bashes winters and taxes in the state! As company spokesperson he, and Destination Dogs have been featured on numerous TV shows and publications, from cooking live on Good Day NY, and Philadelphia, to Food Paradise on the Travel Channel, which was one of his dreams! He is always humbled by the success of the brand, and is always thankful of the hard work and dedication of our staff, and business partners. Without them, none of it would be possible! His goal is to make Destination Dogs a household name, and to conceptualize and open more great hospitality concepts!
At his core he believes you should never stop exploring and learning, and to always take pride in your work! He believes food should be fun, food and drinks should be shared, and most importantly should make you smile. He hopes to share this with each guest that walks through the door, and he hopes to pass these values and beliefs on to the loves of his life, his two daughters Phoebe and Cecilia, which are the two greatest creations he and his wife will ever make! Diana, I love you, and I am forever thankful!