So, when you grow up in Chicago or have lived there for a while, there’s going to be a hot dog somewhere in your life’s tale of adventure. For Alan Katz, the hot dog has come to mean a path to success in an industry he loves and has been devoted to for over 40 years.
Alan’s route to success in the hot dog world is an interesting tale of an early passion for food that took him to the CIA, hotel kitchens, a small seafood chain and a first try at his own restaurant that didn’t quite make it. Working through these ups and downs prepared him for the leap of faith he took in a small (less than 400 square foot) hot dog stand called Devil Dawgs. His menu innovations and dedication to good service has helped him and his partners parlay this concept into a chain they hope will be swept up by a larger company.