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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.