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Twenty Five years ago, John and Chris Karabotsos discovered a boarded up Tastee Freese ice cream shop in Chesterton, Indiana, and knew that it would be a great neighborhood to make friends and sell Vienna Beef hot dogs and some great gyros. Over the past quarter century they have dedicated themselves to the business of building customer relationships both old and new; from those early days in Chesterton and continuing with their more recent times in Hobart.
With all of the changes over the years, John and Chris’ goal has always been to “keep serving high quality food with A-Plus service” while keeping the operation running simply and smoothly. Like many true hall of famers, all of their employees have made an impact on their success. John says, “The first thing I tell a new cashier when I hire them is that they are the Director of First Impressions”.
They continue to serve great food to third generation customers, in addition to new ones all the time. As proud as the Karabotsos family is of their business, Vienna agrees for what they have accomplished and welcome George’s Gyros into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna, we congratulate John and Chris and wish much continued success.
Vienna Beef travels to Mickey’s in Bellwood, IL to learn about their homemade meatball sandwich!
When Eddie and Stubby Scatchell started up his little fast food stand back in 1953 in Cicero, Illinois; he probably hadn’t any thought of this popular little place being around for sixty years. That, in fact, has been the case and for the last thirty years, Frankie Levato and Barry Reggi have been running things just fine; expanding the building and fine tuning the menu. They have made Scatchell’s their place and have achieved the status as an iconic neighborhood gem.
With signage that lights up the Cicero night like a Vegas show, their product takes center stage as they have continued to feature the same clean place with their homemade recipes and consistency. Their Italian Beef, sausage and pizza, as well as the Vienna Beef connection of hot dogs and polish sausage have been the stars of the menu and the show. Frankie and Barry even have many of the same reliable people working for many years, like Mena, who came directly from Italy, and Peter, Christina and Sergio. Their community involvement and dedication to their customers truly makes Scatchell’s a special kind of place. Besides many satisfied regulars; celebrities like Joe Mantegna and the Food Network’s, Jeff Mauro, have become real fans.
Now its Vienna’s turn to say thanks to Frankie, Barry and their staff and welcome Scatchell’s Beef, Pizza and Dogs into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna Beef, we say congratulations and send best wishes for much continued success.
The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Tour continues as we visit Mickey’s Drive In in Bellwood, IL!
Since the first year of the new millennium Hot Doug’s has been a great positive influence to the foodservice sausage business, both in Chicago and beyond. Although, Doug Sohn has chosen to close in October of 2014 his dedication, imagination and creativity have changed the way that people view sausage as an interesting quality food group. As Doug has stated since the beginning, “there are no two finer words in the English language than ‘encased meats’, my friend”.
Those words became a mission statement for Doug and have been just that for Vienna Beef since 1893. What Doug has done has reinvented ways to prepare sausage in addition to creating new and different ingredient combinations to challenge our taste buds. When notable television stars of the food nation like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali can wait up to two hours in line like everyone else to taste the bill of fare at Hot Doug’s, you know that the place has achieved a special kind of respected success.
Now its Vienna’s turn to perpetuate this iconic status and thank Doug for using Vienna Beef hot dogs and polish sausages as a base of his incredibly creative menu. We thank Doug and his loyal hard working staff, as we welcome Hot Doug’s into the hall of fame. Please accept our heartiest congratulations and best wishes in any and all future endeavors.