September 7, 2022

Luke’s of Lake Bluff Inducted into the Hot Dog Hall of Fame

Luke’s of Lake Bluff has been operating in the North Shore of Illinois with several great operators since its inception in 1963. When Dave Puzes took over nearly 15 years ago, he continued the tradition Mr. Luke Del Principe started in 1963 and added a little something extra… high energy and determination. Dave joined the local Chamber of Commerce and added catering and broader delivery channels to help augment his growing business. Luke’s is a family restaurant, known for one of the widest menu selections in the area, committed to serving excellent quality food and the warmest, most accommodating service.

Luke’s of Lake Bluff team including owner Dave (far right) owner and Charlie (far left) Vienna Beef sales representative

“Congratulations to the staff, friends, and loyal customers of Luke’s of Lake Bluff on being the newest member of The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame,” said Timothy O’Brien, president of Vienna Beef. “Your dedication to your community and customers has been above and beyond. Luke’s is the perfect example of an authentic Vienna Beef Hall of Famer.” With Vienna Beef products as menu anchors including Chicago Style Hot Dogs, Char-Broiled Polish Sausage, Grilled Salami, and the Luke’s Original Signature Italian Beef, the business has continued to grow. 

From left to right: Bob Schwartz (Vienna Beef), Dave Puzes, and Dave’s grandson, Theo

Dave says, “we provide really good fast food served by a small close-knit family of workers including long timers, Juan and Angel. Luke’s wouldn’t be what it is today without them and the continuous support from my wife, Beth, and kids, Sarah and Jarrid.”

Luke’s is involved in Youth sports throughout the community including Lake Forest High School Athletics, Lake Bluff Youth Baseball, and Police and Fire Departments as well. It is this attention to all important facets of a successful restaurant committed to its community that Vienna Beef has chosen to induct Luke’s of Lake Bluff into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame, which was created to honor longtime local Foodservice operators that have developed into neighborhood landmarks. Out of thousands of Vienna Beef customers over the years, we have recognized just 141 businesses nationwide since the award was inaugurated in 2006. We are extremely proud to welcome Luke’s of Lake Bluff as the 142nd recipient.

Luke’s of Lake Bluff Custom Celebratory Cake, Courtesy of Beth Puzes (Instagram @Cakes.By.Beth)