Famed Chicago Restaurant Hot Doug’s Will Close in October

Expect the lines to be even longer now.
Expect the lines to be even longer now. Photo: Lisa Harbin/Flickr

Doug Sohn, owner of the unbelievably popular Hot Doug’s in Chicago, has decided to close the business. Explaining that there’s “no overwhelming reason other than it’s time to go do something else,” Sohn tells DNAinfo Chicago that an eventual revival may be in store, but not anytime soon. “The plan is not to own a restaurant anymore,” he says.

In addition to his menu of custom dogs, sausages and magnificent duck fat French fries served weekends-only, Sohn is known for his dedication to the daily grind, as well as turning down several potentially lucrative offers to franchise and expand over the years. “The part of the job I like is what I do, being up front and talking to the customers,” he told Grub last year. This morning Sohn tweeted that Hot Doug’s will close after the last sausage is served on October 3.

Hot Doug’s Closing Permanently Oct. 3: ‘It’s Time to Do Something Else’ [DNAInfo Chicago]