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‘Hot Dog Man’ Harry Heftman Dies At 103

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(Credit: Vienna Beef)

(Credit: Vienna Beef)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s “Hot Dog Man” has died, just a couple of months shy of his 104th birthday.

In 1946, Hungarian immigrant Harry Heftman opened Harry’s Hot Dogs on Randolph and Franklin.

It was a fixture there until Heftman’s 100th birthday in 2009 when the building was torn down.

Even then, Heftman didn’t retire.

At the age of 100, he went to work as a host at a Northwest Side restaurant, called East of Edens, 6350 N. Cicero Ave.

Heftman said he never wanted to retire because his job made him forget his age, and he credited his longevity to his hot dogs.

Funeral services are scheduled tomorrow at Weinstein Funeral home in Wilmette.

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