CTD, you beat me to the punch with this news. I even had my thread title all picked out: Headline: Chicago Tourism About to Skyrocket--Hot Doug's to Close Forever, October 2014
Somewhere out there, The Contingent's
own personal Sausage King of Chicago, abe_froman, is wailing and gnashing her teeth.
To all the conspiracy theorists, I say this is just what it sounds like: A guy who's been banging away at hawking Hot Dogs for more than dozen years has had enough.
That being said, you should know that I work for a guy who devoted 15 years of his life to making World Renowned Pizza before deciding to call it quits. Of course, that lasted about three years (almost to the day) before he reopened a new place
and, thanks to the internet, became even more renowned than he was the first time around. The real irony is that he's spent more years at the new place, with less incentive (kids are now moved out, mortgage paid off, social security kicked in, etc.), and has less inclination to close up shop than he did 28 years ago.
So, mourn not the Dougster folks. He may be closing his door in October, but I bet we'll see him open another in not too long a while.