Founded in 1917, Chris’ Hotdogs in Montgomery has served a Who’s Who of history’s hotdog hungry.
Franklin D. Roosevelt would frequently ask for a box of the world famous hotdogs as his train pulled into Montgomery. So would Harry Truman.
Both Bush presidents have been served, and every Alabama governor since it opened. Chris’ catered for Elvis. Even Whoopi Goldberg has eaten there. And Hank Williams, was a regular.
“He would come here, get drunk, write songs on napkins and get kicked out. Rumor is that he wrote the song “Hey, Good Lookin’ here,” says current operator Costas “Gus” Katechis, a 2004 Auburn graduate and Chris’ grandson.
If you’re an Auburn grad and / or a beer connoisseur, Katechis’ name may sound familiar. Dale Katechis, one of seven members of Gus’ family to graduate from Auburn, is Gus’ cousin, and the owner and founder of Oskar Blues brewery, makers of that famous Wire Road bathtub beer.
“All (of the Katetchis family) are Auburn fans except for my brother Theo,” Katechis says. “He’s confused.”
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Great place to eat, just don’t watch it get made.
And that’s ok, if you ever ate at the sani-flush, my dad could tell you stories that would still make you throw up.
As a native Montgomerian, make sure to get the double cheeseburger with the chili sauce. Makes me drool just thinking about it.
Chase Katechis says
It also has a current Auburn University employee and future grad student(me) currently working as a research assistant here in Fisheries. 2 of our Uncles graduated from there, my father (who owns Chris’ Hotdogs) graduated from the School of Ag, and of course Gus and Dale Katechis. My twin brother Chris was in the Auburn marching band from 2003-2005? and later graduated from Auburn Montgomery.
Will Collier says
My grandfather (AU class of ’30 or thereabouts) took my grandmother to Chris’s on their first date.