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File photo: Travis Ruddock (left) and Samantha Murray dig into foot-long hot dogs at Kermit’s Hot Dog House. (Photos by David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Turn on your parking lights.

Buster Williams told the Winston-Salem Journal that’s the correct way to let the staff at Kermit’s Hot Dog House know that you want someone to come out and take your order.

And he should know: Williams is the son of Kermit Williams, who opened the business 50 years ago this weekend, on Jan. 10, 1966. Buster Williams and Paul Church have been running Kermit’s since they became business partners in 1975.

Customers are forgiven if they don’t know the ordering protocol. It’s been so long since drive-ins were a common thing that many don’t know the rules. Williams said sometimes people blow the car horn; other times people just sit there, and when the car hop comes out they say they are going inside to eat.

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