Serving up high-quality street food with a side of insults and soon booze too!
There must be very few hot dog stands around the world with the same fame as Wieners Circle, let alone any to have had its own reality TV show. The Lincoln Park stand and its beloved Chicago-style hot dogs have become a staple of the Windy City since opening in 1983, but it’s the tongue-in-cheek barrage of insults that have gone a long way in boosting the stand’s infamy.
Now the popular late-night spot is undergoing extensive renovations that will have fans reeling with excitement. The renovations will replace things like pipes and windows but the most exciting news by far is that Wieners Circle is turning its parking lot into an 800-square-foot patio and adding a bar serving alcohol. In addition to the dogs and fries, new items like boozy milkshakes will now be added to the menu.
After closing at the start of the year, many worried about the iconic stand’s fate only for manager Evelyn Morris to reveal that extensive renovations were underway and it would open over summer. The Delta variant and supply chain problems caused unforeseen delays and the stand will is now mooted to open in early October.
Morris, who has worked at Wieners Circle for over 30 years, also gave assurances that food and service won’t change, and neither will the front facade and iconic sign. The renovations are simply to improve the functionality of the historic stand and it will keep its “rugged look”.
The exciting development, however, is a game-changer for late-night revelers who stop off on their way home and we can’t wait to see how it looks this fall.
For those less versed in the Wieners Circle experience, a quick watch of the time Wieners Circle appeared on Conan will provide you with a good idea of what the hot dog stand is all about.
To give you a rough idea, Wieners Circles’ own Instagram page reads “serving up high-quality street food with a side of insults” while a Wikipedia page dedicated to the iconic hot dog stand notes that it’s well known for its “mutual verbal abuse”.
Rumor has it one of the proprietors in the early 1990s called a drunk customer an “asshole” to get his attention which then set about a culture of late-night abuse between customers and staff. With the stand remaining open into the early hours, drunk customers have long gathered for some late-night food and a slice of the action.
The tongue-in-cheek vulgarity has become the stand’s defining characteristic and has motivated years of Wieners Circle engaging in political satire. Some will recall the restaurant offering 3-inch “Trump footlong” hot dogs back in 2016 or their 2017 advertisement that read “Paris Accord compliant covfefe”.
[Featured image from Twitter / @AmalShal27]