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: