Pete's Famous—Birmingham, Alabama
From summer of 1948 to April, 2011, Gus Koutroulakis went to work seven days a week, except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day, serving grilled hot dogs covered with sauerkraut, onions, special sauce and a bit of mustard on a steamed bun. The special came with chili. When he closed for three weeks in 1995 to take a vacation to visit relatives in Greece, it made the news.
The shop was little more than a narrow room that could accommodate three or four customers at a time. It was strictly stand and eat, usually outside. He made his secret sauce recipe at home every night. Only Gus knew the secret and it died with him.
In his will, Gus left the store front sign to the BARBER VINTAGE MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM in Birmingham.