Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 1969 - Des Moines, Iowa

1969

In 1969 Jeff Stanley opened an eclectic gift shop in Des Moines, Iowa.

He called it, Dotty Dumpling's Dowry. After only a few years in operation his interest turned from jewelry and clothing to hamburgers.

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 1974 - Monroe St., Madison, Wisconsin

1974

In 1974 Stanley moved to Madison and opened the first Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry restaurant located on Monroe St.

It was this location he would jokingly refer to as the burger hut because it housed only a grill, counter top, and ten stools.

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 1976 - Regent St., Madison, Wisconsin

1976

In 1976 Dotty Dumpling's Dowry relocated to Regent St. Directly across the street from Camp Randall.

It was in this location that Dotty's developed a following of burger lovers.

This picture was taken as Associated Bank was being built around the original Dotty Dumpling’s location.

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 1976 - Regent St., Madison, Wisconsin

1976

In 1976 Dotty Dumpling's Dowry relocated to Regent St. Directly across the street from Camp Randall.

It was in this location that Dotty's developed a following of burger lovers.

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 1990 - moving to Fairchild St., Madison, Wisconsin

1990

As Dotty's popularity grew so did its need for more space.

In 1990 Dotty's moved to Fairchild St. Fans often refer to this spot as the most memorable because of the vast collection of antiques and trinkets that filled the walls and of course, the famed canoe hanging from the ceiling.

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 2001 - leaving Fairchild St., Madison, Wisconsin

2001

In 2001 Dotty Dumpling's was kicked out to make room for the development of the Overture Center. Even though Dotty's owned the building, eminent domain prevailed. This didn't resonate with Stanley, so he made a point to stand up for all small business owners by being very vocal during this time of unwanted transition. Many Madisonians remember Dotty's being the last standing building on the block.

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 2003 - Frances St., Madison, Wisconsin

2003

In 2003 Dotty's found a new home at 317 N. Frances St. This is where we reside today.

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in 2008 - Featured in George Motz' best burger country-wide selection

2008

When George Motz crossed the country seeking the best burger, we were so pleased to be included. He made it clear that we had a winning burger and he thought our cheese curds were not to be missed, "These are a must-have on a burger tour of Madison. Skip the fries and get some curds, you'll never look at hot cheese the same way again."