Doug Sohn has found something to occupy himself during Chicago's winter while he waits for pitchers and catchers to report for his beloved Cubs. On Jan. 18 he'll host the first full-fledged Hot Doug's restaurant popup at another renowned sausage-making restaurant—Publican Quality Meats.
There won't be any reservations or tickets, true to the Hot Doug's philosophy. He'll offer an a la carte menu of six to eight encased meats—along with duck fat fries. Like those beloved wistful days in Avondale, it's first come, first serve. Marz Community Brewing will also supply the beer for the special event. Down the street on Fulton Market, The Publican will offer a full bar and a limited food menu to help address potential overflow from the surely long lines at PQM.
Though Sohn has served sausages at other locations, including Wrigley Field and hungry guests on the summer festival circuit, he's never hosted a full-fledged popup. Paulina Meat Market didn't count. Hot Doug's closed in October 2014, and although two of his cooks opened Hot "G" Dog, copying some of Sohn's offerings, fans continue to crave those original specialties unique to Hot Doug's.