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Owner Plans on Reopening Sammy's Red Hots After Fire

Blaze temporary shuttered 67-year-old hot dog stand earlier this month

Sammy's Red Hots
Sammy's Red Hots
Ashok Selvam
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Fans of late-night food gasped when they saw the windows of Sammy's Red Hots boarded up.

An early morning fire on Nov. 9 inside the restaurant near Division and Orleans closed the 67-year-old hot dog stand down. Chicago police confirmed units were called at 2:12 a.m. to respond to a report of a fire. The official cause of the fire hasn't been disclosed.

But the shutter is only temporary, said owner Jafar Lashkariya. He says that he's waiting for insurance adjusters to visit. Until then he's not sure when he'll reopen. He wouldn't say how much damage the fire did to the building.

Unfortunately for Sammy's, Chicago health inspectors made a visit the day after the fire after receiving a short-form complaint. The restaurant failed the inspection. Read the full report here:

Sammy's Red Hots

238 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 266-7290