Costco Is Adding Healthier Items to Food Court Menus and Getting Rid of Polish Dogs

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It’s always exciting when Costco starts introducing a new food court item, like a giant new cheeseburger or the new al pastor salad made with vegan protein instead of meat. The only problem is that when a new item enters, often an old one must leave. There’s only so much room in the kitchen, and on the menu, after all.

Costco’s new range of healthier food court options like the al pastor salad or the $5 acai bowl means there isn’t as much room for things like the Polish dog. (Don’t worry — the $1.50 hot dog and soda deal is not going anywhere.)

Costco CFO Richard Galanti told The Seattle Times that the Polish hot dog had officially been discontinued. The Polish dog was available as an option on the $1.50 hot dog deal, so people could pay their $1.50 for a soda and either the all-beef hot dog, or the Polish dog. That caused some confusion at first, as people thought the whole hot dog deal had been discontinued. But it’s just the Polish version.

Still, people feel very passionate about their Costco food court faves, and fans of the Polish dog do not want to see it go. Someone even started a petition to “Keep the Polish Dog on the Costco Menu.”

The Polish dog is going away as part of a move towards including more healthful items, including vegan dishes, at the food court. Galanti cited the vegetarian al pastor salad, the acai bowl, and an organic hamburger as a few of the new dishes Costco would be serving.

As mentioned, Galanti did reassure everybody that Costco’s iconic $1.50 hot dog and soda would still be on the menu. That deal is a hallmark of Costco. It’s been in place practically since the store started, and it won’t go anywhere. It’s one of the things that Costco is most famous for, and while Galanti said it isn’t actually a loss leader — meaning Costco does not actually lose money when they sell the hot dog deal — he said the store does not make a lot of money on it.

“It’s closer to break-even than you think,” he said.

There is some good news for fans of the Polish dog, however. The same Polish dogs will still be available for sale in bulk in Costco stores. So you can still get a Polish dog any time you like — you’ll just have to cook it yourself.

What do you think of Costco’s new menus?