The Electric Commentary

Friday, March 30, 2007

Hot Doug Fined

From the Trib:

Chicago officials issued the first fine for violating the city's ban on the duck liver delicacy, known as foie gras, to the owner of a hot dog restaurant.

Doug Sohn, who runs Hot Doug's "The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium," agreed to pay $250 Thursday for the first-time offense.

He had been openly serving foie gras-laced hot dogs for many months at his restaurant on the city's northwest side after the ordinance banning the delicacy took effect in August 2006.

Sohn acknowledged in February that he had taken the city's warning letter about the duck or goose liver delicacy, framed it and placed it on his counter. He also advertised ingredients for the specialty dogs on a board hung near the front door and on his Web site.

He was cited in February for serving the foie gras and city officials confiscated the meat.

Sohn could have faced up to a $500 dollar fine under the ordinance, according to Tim Hadac, a spokesman for Health Department.

Doug Sohn has been begging for this moment, and he will undoubtedly make back the amount of the small fine with the increased publicity that he has received. He had his warning notice from the city framed and set up next to the cash register.

Hot Doug's is an excellent restaurant, and Doug is one smart guy.


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