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In the heart of Chicago’s near west side, Richard and Robert Martin opened a neighborhood bar at the corner of 22nd Place and Hoyne back in 1951. That bar, obviously called Martin’s Corner has remained in the family; and in 1985, Robert (Bob) Martin Jr. took over. Bob had grown up in the area and attended church and school at nearby St. Paul’s. He immediately added a small restaurant with homemade food and soup specialties and featuring Vienna Beef hot dogs and polish sausage.
The place has continued to become an important neighborhood icon; owned and operated as a family business for two thirds of a century and carrying a quality food menu for the past thirty years. Bob’s two sisters have also been working along side. Besides good food and drink; Bob Martin has given back to the community in many big ways. From his ‘Heart of Chicago’ charity of raising over a quarter million dollars in scholarships for area kids to working with the police to develop community outreach basketball camps, Martin has been an integral part of the neighborhood and an important neighbor and business operator who cares. The place itself has so much nostalgic charm that in 1985, a scene from the movie ‘The Untouchables’ was filmed there and now thirty years later, a couple of scenes from the popular TV series, ‘Chicago PD’, was filmed there, as well.
It is now Vienna’s turn to acknowledge and thank Robert Martin and his supportive, working family; and Welcome with great pride and distinction, Martin’s Corner into the Vienna Beef Hall of Fame. From all us at Vienna, we wish Martin’s Corner much continued success.
Terry Creamer has been a workaholic all his life and has instilled the same work ethic to his son Tim. In 1963, Terry started up not one, but two fast food places at Cicero at Monroe and Central at Lake at almost the same time. Ten years later he said, “What’s one more;” and opened at Madison at Austin; which is where Tim has carried on the tradition of over half a century. The other two are gone now, but Tim keeps this neighborhood icon going strong. Terry’s Place has become a fixture to second and even third generation customers where even much of the staff has been around for many years, including Juan, Roberto, Eddie and Carlos.
From those Vienna Beef hot dogs, polish sausage and corned beef to specialties like their gyros burrito and pizza puff that covers a plate, the food has become king. The accolades of which have become almost as plentiful as the place itself. After forty years at this location and over fifty years overall, it’s not difficult to figure out the reasons behind this success story.
It is with great admiration and thanks that Vienna Beef welcomes Terry’s Place into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna, we with Tim and Terry’s Place much continued success.
When veteran food service operator, Peter Zougras opened Poor Boy in 1987, he had hopes of building a lasting family business. That’s why his son Spiros has been so dedicated to the legacy that his dad bestowed on the family. Since a young boy growing up in nearby Westchester, Spiros has been learning and honing his restaurant skills.
Poor Boy continues to be a community based restaurant while serving Vienna Beef hot dogs and polish sausage. They also serve beef sandwiches, gyros, salads and Italian subs to make up their infamous menu. Together with cousins Tasos and Costa, Spiros continues to greet and satisfy first, second and, even third generations. They are in a great location on the corner of 1st Avenue and Roosevelt. People on their way to Brookfield Zoo and other nearby attractions are able stop in and enjoy their menu.
Now, it’s Vienna’s turn to thank and congratulate Spiros, Tasos, Costas and the memory of Peter Zougras in welcoming Poor Boy of Maywood into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna, we wish Poor Boy continuing success.
Back in 1984, Bob Houpy began selling hot dogs and other sandwiches in Melrose Park, Illinois. Two years later Bob partnered with his brother Joe and cousin John Bocian. They opened a second location in Cicero. In ’93 they opened the Berwyn Store, and now a fourth spot in Broadview.
Bob was born and raised in the same area where Lucky Dog was founded. This helped solidify great customer service, product integrity, and a sense of community for three decades and counting. Every employee is like family. Many have been there since day one. Customers range from first to second to third generations.
Each restaurant features their famous gyros, burgers, and a variety of specialty sandwiches. Of course there are always Vienna Beef hot dogs, sausages and deli meats. After three decades it’s now Vienna’s turn to thank and congratulate the family and staff. We welcome Lucky Dog into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame! From all of us at Vienna Beef, we wish you all the best now and in the future.