FULTON MARKET — Will crowds in search of the perfect encased meat create long lines on Fulton Market at the Hot Doug's pop-up Monday?
Lines on par with the legendary hours-long lines the hot dog joint was known for?
"I genuinely don't know. It's a holiday and it is downtown, but it's also going to be ungodly cold," Doug Sohn said Friday.
During a one-day-only pop-up, Sohn will recreate his famed hot dog institution at Publican Quality Meats Monday. The restaurant, at 825 W. Fulton Market in the West Loop, will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., serving up Sohn's famous franks and duck fat fries.
The restaurant is expecting lines, "but it is hard to gauge the extent," One Off Hospitality spokeswoman Jenna Liberman said Friday.
"Our goal is to move through any lines as quickly as possible," she said. "Guests are welcome to come early and line up."
In order to combat the cold, Publican Quality Meats will be offering glogg, hot chocolate and coffee to guests waiting in line. Temperatures in Chicago aren't expected to rise above 11 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
To help address expected overflow, guests can carry out food and dine at The Publican nearby, which will open early at 10 a.m.
The menu will feature 6-8 sausage varieties that were previously served at Hot Doug's.
"It's a pretty nice variety," Sohn said Friday. "We're still finalizing the menu."
Bridgeport-based Marz Community Brewing will serving up beer and Lumpen Radio will be broadcasting live from Publican Quality Meats.
Known for hours-long lines and it's namesake proprietor, Hot Doug's, at 3324 N. California Ave., closed in October 2014.
Last January, hot dog spin-off Frank Meats Patty opened in Hot Doug's Avondale storefront. But in December, the restaurant closed.
Since closing, Sohn has opened a Hot Doug's-themed concession stand at Wrigley Field, created his own Atomic Pizza with Piece Brewery for a good cause, and was honored with the "The Doug Sohn," a Chicago-style hot dog/fried chicken sandwich, at Honey Butter Fried Chicken.
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