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With 50 years of experience in the business, Ed Kis learned from his Dad (Ed Sr.) how to build an iconic hot dog stand. Today, the leadership team of Owner Jeanne Hoyle and General Manager Ed Kis has led Top Dog Restaurant to earn several awards including the Lt. Governors Indiana Hospitality Award and the LaPorte County People’s Choice Award. “I’m proud to carry on the tradition of quality work ethic that my Dad taught me.” says Ed.”Top Dog offers a home away from home for our customers and we try to extend that feeling to every customer passing through our doors.”
Top Dog Restaurant is famous as the “Best Chicago Dog East of Chicago”. “We feature Vienna Beef hot dogs, and we have added our own special touch to create the unique Maxwell Street Polish and Italian Beef Sandwich specialties that our customers have come to expect and crave.” says Ed.
Vienna Beef proudly recognized Jeanne Hoyle, Ed Kis and Top Dog Restaurant for their exceptional contributions to their community, philanthropic leadership, and overall commitment to the quality of their product and the satisfaction of their customers by inducting Top Dog Restaurant into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame in November 2013. “Top Dog’s exceptional quality, personality and hospitality make them an ideal candidate for our recognition program. We are proud to work with them and excited to recognize their success in this way.” says Bob Schwartz, Vice President of Vienna Beef.
It’s been nearly 75 years since Jimmy Stefanovic, a hard-working European immigrant came to Chicago and invested in developing some unique sandwiches in the, now famous and historic, Maxwell Street area. Jimmy’s creation of the well-known and often duplicated “Maxwell Street Polish Sausage” and the Maxwell Street pork chop sandwich have become iconic sandwiches that represent the true essence of Maxwell Street’s impact on Chicago’s history and culture.
Open ‘24/7’ and originally on the corner of Maxwell and Halsted, Jim’s Original was the first business to welcome folks to Maxwell Street and has been continued to do so for three-quarters of a century. Jim’s Original has served their famous sandwiches for so long that they have become a part of Chicago culture and an icon bridging the past and the present.
Featured in major films like the Blues Brothers, as well as many food network shows such as Anthony Boudain’s Layover, Jim’s Original has achieved a tremendous amount of respect and notoriety within the restaurant industry. Past and present celebrities such as Ernie Banks and television news personalities like Steve Dolinsky and Jerry Taft have made Jim’s Original a regular stop.
Thank you Jim Sr., Jim Christopoulos, and the entire Jim’s Original’s family for the food and great memories! It is now Vienna Beef’s turn to acknowledge, congratulate and pay homage to one of the true Chicago hot dog icons by welcoming Jim’s Original into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna we say, “Thanks,” for the memories and wish you the best in the years to come.
Come Dressed as “Da Coach” or Chicago Super Fan and Receive Free Ditka T-Shirt and Sausage Prepared By Coach Mike Ditka
WHAT: The public is invited to join legendary Chicago Bear Mike Ditka at his outdoor Monster Sausage Cookout, where he and Vienna Beef’s Master Chef will be grilling Chicago’s new eight-inch, one-third pound Ditka Sausages on Vienna’s monster outdoor grill. Attendees will be treated to music, giveaways and a festive atmosphere, while enjoying the new monster Ditka Sausages from Vienna Beef. Both the Ditka Hot Beef Polish Sausage and the Ditka Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomatoes will be available for 89 cents, with all proceeds going to Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.
LOOK-A-LIKES: As a bonus, those dressed as Coach Ditka, or as a Chicago Super Fan, will receive both a free Ditka Sausage t-shirt and a Ditka Sausage prepared by “Da Coach” himself.
WHO: Mike Ditka— legendary Chicago Bears’ player and coach, and Chicago’s new Sausage King— will host the event as the Grill Master.
WHEN: 11:00 am-1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Coach Ditka will be available for media interviews between 11:30 am-12:30 pm.
WHERE: Vienna Beef Factory Store (parking lot) 2501 N Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
DONATIONS: For an 89-cent donation, attendees will receive their choice of a Ditka Hot Beef Polish Sausage or a Ditka Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, hot-off-the-grill. The charitable contribution of 89 cents honors Coach Ditka’s jersey number which will be retired by the Chicago Bears during their game at Soldier Field on December 9. Chips, bottled water and soft drinks will also be sold for 89 cents.Commemorative Ditka Sausages t-shirts, in the style of Coach Ditka’s iconic “BEARS” sweater-vest, will also be available for sale.
GRIDIRON GREATS: All proceeds will be donated to Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a favorite charity of Coach Ditka.
PARKING: Complimentary parking for the first 100 cars will be available on-site by Vienna Beef.
When Sal’s Chicago Classic opens for business on West Road, owners John and Linda Keresi both 35, want visitors to be able to experience Chicago’s famous hot dog flavor without having to travel 283 miles.
Vienna Beef is teaming up Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka to introduce a new line of dinner sausages available throughout Chicagoland and in select restaurants around the country.