Woman celebrates birthday at Caspers Hot Dogs in Richmond for 65th year


A woman celebrating her 75th birthday on Thursday passed on a fancy meal and instead chose a window seat at Caspers Famous Hot Dogs in Richmond.

This is nothing new. For the past 65 birthdays, the woman told us, she has made it a point to stop in for a meal at the delicious hot dogs spot at 2530 Macdonald Ave., located across the street from Richmond Civic Center.

This ultra-loyal customers is one reason why Caspers has been going strong since 1947. The place is known for incredible customer service and a consistent desire to get meals right.

“My brother and I would come here, and then we would get a hot dog and we would go across the street, and there was a movie theater,” according to the 75-year-old birthday girl. “And that’s how we’d spend our Saturdays.”

That movie theater was on the site now occupied by the Richmond Senior Center.

Of course, Caspers is also famously known as a hangout spot for city leaders and politicians, including the boisterous former councilmember and current council candidate Corky Booze. Booze had set up his 2010 campaign headquarters at the establishment.

When the Richmond Standard stopped by the business on Thursday to film a Small Biz Boost, we found Booze swapping stories with Councilmember Nat Bates, who is running for reelection.

Eric Strong, who has been working at Caspers for 10 years, says he loves working in Richmond and that his loyal customers are his favorite part about the city.