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These Are the First People in Line for the Last Day of Hot Doug’s

They arrived Thursday afternoon and camped out overnight. Hot Doug’s will open its doors for the last time at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The last day of Hot Doug’s officially begins when the doors to Doug Sohn’s Avondale hot dog joint open at 10:30 a.m. But it unofficially began Thursday at 5:00 p.m., when the first nine people (well, eight people, one corgi), started the last of the infamous long lines along Roscoe Street. 

First people in line at Hot Doug's
From left: Joshua Helle, Max Simmons, Marek Rossi, Dandelo (the corgi), Jen LeMasters, Nick Mayor, Dave Burke, Allison Sundstrom, Ron Kohudic. Photo: Max Herman

Joshua Helle, 37, Uptown

Roofing Supply
HIS BATHROOM PLAN FOR WHEN THE NEARBY MCDONALD’S CLOSES: Perhaps the bucket he’s standing next to.
ESSENTIAL ITEM: A 10x10 canopy.
FUN FACT: With four other people, once ate the entire Hot Doug’s menu in one sitting

Max Simmons, 25, Uptown

How he got out of work: Took off Thursday and Friday
Essential item: Chair to mark his place at the front of the line.
Fun fact: His boss supports his taking off work to camp outside Hot Doug’s.

Marek Rossi, 43, Uptown

Roofing Supply
How he’s spending the hours in line: I have Dogfight. The history of Apple and Android and Google. 
Essential item: His camera, to take pictures when it’s dark.
Fun fact: His wife will make him sleep on the couch if he orders the Uber Garlic Sausage.

Jen Lemasters, 28, Logan Square

Co-owner, Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles
How she got out of work: As owners, she and Mayor (below) don’t have to lie to take off work.
Essential item: Scattergories and Yahtzee.
Fun fact: Hasn’t thought about what she’ll order.

Nick Mayor, 28, Logan Square

Co-owner, Bric-a-Brac Records and Collectibles
How he got out of work: They own the joint.
Essential item: A cot, which he’ll have to share with Jen.
Fun fact: Has the Tamale Guy’s phone number in his pocket.

Dandelo, 5, Logan Square

Full-time corgi
Essential item: Plenty of food; anticipation of frequent walks from Mayor and Lemasters.
Fun fact: Will not be dining at Hot Doug’s.

Dave Burke, 27, Albany Park

Retail Technologies
How he got out of work: He would rather not say.
Essential item: Power supply.
Fun fact: Estimates he’s spent over a day of his life in Hot Doug’s line this week.

Allison Sundstrom, 27, Wicker Park

Freelance Designer
How she got out of work: That’s the best part of working freelance.
Essential item: Car. Might go home once her fiancé arrives in line.
Fun fact: Was a vegetarian for seven years, until she went to Doug’s.

Ron Kohudic, 43, Logan Square

How he got out of work: Took a personal day, and proud of it.
Essential item: His wife, who is bringing tacos.
Fun fact: Claims there is no dollar amount for which he’d sell his spot.


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