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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Chrisí Hot Dogs

Established In 1917

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, May 6, 2017
1. Chrisí Hot Dogs Marker
Inscription. Greek immigrant Christopher Anastasios Katechis opened Chrisí Hot Dogs on May 1, 1917, at 138 Dexter Avenue. Until the 1960ís, Chris offered curb service for its hot dogs, leading to long lines of cars cued for service. The hot dogs featured Chrisí “secret” chili sauce, known by only a few family members and shipped all over the world.

Chrisí served millions of customers during its first 10 decades, ranging from local regulars and Alabama governors to four American presidents. President Franklin D. Roosevelt often ordered boxes of hot dogs when his train traveled through Montgomery. Harry Truman, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush ate at Chrisí while visiting.

Other customers ranged from George C. Wallace to civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Country singer Hank Williams was a regular. Elvis Presley ordered Chrisí hot dogs before a Garrett Coliseum concert.

The founderís son Theo Katechis and grandson Costas “Gus” Katechis celebrated a century of serving the city its favorite hot dogs in 2017.
 
Erected 2017 by The Alabama Tourism Department.
 
Location. 32° 22.64′ N, 86° 18.405′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery
Chrisí Hot Dogs restaurant image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 6, 2017
2. Chrisí Hot Dogs restaurant
Entrance way with '100' embedded in the tile.
County. Marker is on Dexter Avenue east of South Perry Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 138 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Capital City Guards (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. J. Marion Sims (about 300 feet away); Office of Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill (about 300 feet away); Confederate States of America (CSA) Post Office Department (about 400 feet away); Montgomery County Circuit Court / Sit-Ins and Marches at the Montgomery County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); A County Older Than the State (about 500 feet away); Montgomery Theatre (about 500 feet away); The Montgomery Theater (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Regarding Chrisí Hot Dogs. Marker dedicated on the same date as opening date, but 100 years later.
 
Also see . . .  Chris' Hot Dogs website on their history. (Submitted on May 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Chrisí Hot Dogs restaurant & marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 6, 2017
3. Chrisí Hot Dogs restaurant & marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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