Cody Yancey

Downtown Fayetteville’s West Dickson Street, with its many restaurants, bars and clubs located close to the UA campus, is also an infamous hub for late-night debauchery. Over the years famous college athletes have been arrested on Dickson for drunken conduct. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield summed it up bluntly on the ESPN show “Undisputed” when asked about his 2017 arrest in Fayetteville when he played for the University of Oklahoma.

“Dickson Street … it’ll get ya.”

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Everyone who ever spent the evening barhopping knows how crucial it is to stumble upon something greasy you can inhale to satisfy drunken cravings and hopefully ward off a crushing hangover. Since 2009, Cody Yancey, owner of Yancey’s Dickson Street Dogs, has been providing that service and more at 542 W. Dickson from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Yancey shared a welcome back message to Fayetteville students on the Yancey’s Facebook page yesterday, where he offered a safe place for individuals who need help on Dickson Street. If you’re confused, drunk, lost or scared, Yancey said he’ll have your back. Read his message below:

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Welcome, and welcome back, to all the recently arriving UofA students. I’m Cody Yancey, owner of Yancey’s Dickson Street Dogs. I’m a UofA alumni and Army Veteran. I care about this community and the people in it. While Dickson Street can be lots of fun, it can also be dangerous. I offer my establishment as a SAFE PLACE for any individuals who may need help while on Dickson St. I’m here 9p-3a Th/Fri/Sat and if you find yourself in an unsafe situation, I’m happy to help.
Sometimes you may feel you’ve had too much to drink and aren’t sure how to get home. I can help find a way to get you home safely.
Sometimes you may have people around you that are making you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. You can come hang out with me, no questions asked, no purchase required.
Sometimes you may get separated from friends and your phones dead and you can’t contact anybody and you’re not sure what to do. The bars close at 2 am. I’m here much later than that and can provide a safe place to figure out what to do.
Don’t drive home intoxicated.
Don’t go home with someone you don’t know well.
Try to use the buddy system and avoid being out alone, especially at the end of the night.
Additionally I’ve been trained on recognizing opioid overdose and carry Naloxone (opioid overdose reversal drug) kits.
I’ve lived in NWA my entire life. This is my community, and it’s awesome. Enjoy it. And if you need something, don’t hesitate to come see me.

Yancey’s was in the news earlier this year after refusing service to a Razorback baseball player who cut in line, broke a credit card reader and was later arrested. Running a hot dog stand on a street as wild as Dickson probably isn’t for the faint of heart. Yancey, a UA alum and army veteran, is up to the task and is there to help if you need a safe space or help getting home.