Chicago’s famed Wiener’s Circle, the hot dog stand serving up chardogs with a side of rude, has reportedly been sold.
The Chicago Tribune reports that five guys (not THE Five Guys) have purchased the stand and plan to grow it beyond its Lincoln Park location.
The restaurant, located at 2622 N. Clark St., is known for its authentic Chicago-style char-grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. It has also become a YouTube fan favorite and tourist attraction thanks to its late-night shenanigans, which include employees hurling insults at customers and the ever-popular “milkshake.”
It has been highlighted by numerous publications for having one of America's best hot dogs.
Matt Brewer, one of the new owners and a self-described hot dog obsessive, told the Tribune the new group of investors is “very aware of what makes the place special.” He noted that while changes are expected, it will “still look and feel like the restaurant [customers] know and love.”
What exactly the new owners plan to do with the stand isn’t exactly clear, but the Tribune reports that menu expansions and franchising beyond Chicago are possibilities being considered.