Hot Dog Richie's was inducted into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame at a ceremony held Tuesday at the Palatine restaurant.
"Hot dog stands outlive the national average for restaurants (to remain open) and are a very important part of the community," Bob Schwartz, a vice president of Vienna Beef, said at the ceremony. "You mention Vienna Beef and people remember their favorite hot dog stand, and in Palatine and the surrounding areas, that place is Hot Dog Richie's."
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In a news release, Vienna Beef representatives touted the "passion for the business" of Jason Marzullo, who became Hot Dog Richie's owner in 1999. The restaurant opened in 1972.
"Hot Dog Ritchie's exceptional quality, personality and hospitality make them an ideal candidate for our recognition program," said Schwartz, who lives in Palatine. "We are proud to work with them and excited to recognize their success in this way."