The last month at Hot Doug’s, Chicago’s famed “encased meats emporium,” has been hectic: Very long lines of first-time customers and newcomers have been the standard every day outside the 14-year-old restaurant, leaving proprietor Doug Sohn no choice but to preemptively put the kibosh on the kraut, and everything else. For its final day in business, fans set up tents and camped out overnight, so this morning, Hot Doug’s had to shut down the line at 6:45 a.m., pretty much four hours before opening time.
Here are some photos from the scene.
This really is the meaty end, my friend. Good-bye, Hot Doug’s.
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