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Gold Star to Celebrate National Chili Dog Day 2020

Gold Star to offer a free cheese coney with any dine-in, drive-thru or carry-out purchase of a regular-sized beverage Thursday, July 30

Cincinnati – One of the tastiest days of the year, National Chili Dog Day, returns Thursday, July 30 – and Gold Star is celebrating with an offer sure to appease local fans of the Cincinnati favorite as well as those looking to save money, too.

Cincinnati-chili lovers will receive one free cheese coney with the purchase of any regular Pepsi product for dine-in, drive-thru or carry-out service on Thursday, July 30 at any of Gold Star’s 75+ neighborhood restaurants. The cheese coney is a staple of Gold Star’s menu, serving 7,257,859 to guests in 2019. Given the size of the average Gold Star cheese coney, that equals 573-plus miles – or further than the distance one would go driving from Cincinnati to Chicago (295), St. Louis (350), Atlanta (461) and Washington, D.C. (501)!

Cheese coneys are a staple on menus throughout the region; none, however, are like Gold Star’s unique combination of a locally-sourced hot dog placed into a freshly steamed bun, completed by Gold Star’s family recipe chili and topped off with savory, shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Onions and mustard, of course, are optional. Cheese coneys are a staple of the Gold Star experience, which also features 3-, 4- and 5-Ways, as well as non-chili items including grilled-to-order burgers, gluten-free vegetarian chili and hand-spun milkshakes at select locations.

“As our renovated restaurants and expanded offerings have shown, Gold Star has always sought to bring new, delicious options for our guests to enjoy – but the chili will always be the tasty pillar of our menu,” said Roger David, president and CEO of Gold Star. “You can’t think of the Cincinnati food scene without thinking of the cheese coney Cincinnati chili. Given that we serve millions of coneys at our locations every year, Gold Star fans have ensured the only place these chili dogs will be going anywhere soon is into their hands.”

The 2020 National Chili Dog Day celebration promotion will be available at all 75+ area Gold Star locations throughout the Tri-State region; hours vary by location. For more information or to find a location near you, visit

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At Gold Star, we’re all about the chili. We’ve been serving our guests the most flavorful, delicious Cincinnati Chili since 1965 when the Daoud brothers pooled resources to purchase a restaurant in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Mt. Washington. Chili that’s always fresh, never frozen. Made in small batches every day to ensure quality. Crafted from our founders’ secret family recipe of 13 perfectly blended spices to make Cincinnati’s classic chili favorites the Cheese Coney, and 3-, 4- and 5-Way Chili Spaghetti. Our menu offers something to make everyone happy from fresh grilled-to-order burgers, gluten-free vegetarian chili and double-decker deli sandwiches to loaded French fries, hand-tossed salads and 100% real ice cream shakes – all made with the same passion for quality and flavor as our chili. Today, Gold Star has more than 75 corporate- and franchise-owned locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and is actively developing new franchise opportunities in the region. For more information, visit