America’s Dog & Burger Makes Debut at Navy Pier
Chicago-Based Restaurant Reopens with New Chef-Inspired Hot Dogs and Gourmet Burgers; Redesigned Location to Exude All-American Eatery Environment
CHICAGO— Springtime just got brighter for hot dog and burger fans in Chicago.
The city’s celebrated America’s Dog, the tastiest idea to ever come out of a great American road trip, reopened its original Navy Pier location. Operating now under the brand’s America’s Dog & Burger (AD&B) franchise concept, the newly renovated restaurant will feature a fresh collection of chef-driven, gourmet burgers and mouth-watering, city-inspired hot dogs.
Bursting onto Chicago’s culinary scene more than 20 years ago after two brothers’ cross-country food tour, AD&B uniquely positions itself in the quick-service industry and is driving innovation with its restaurant refresh and prolific growth plan.
“Back in 1996, my brother and I took a leap of faith when we opened America’s Dog at Navy Pier,” said Manolis Alpogianis, who took the famed road trip with his brother George and co-owns AD&B with him. “It’s a surreal feeling to revamp this original location, but we’re thrilled to finally introduce Chicagoans to our new menu and updated interior. While we’ve added more diverse, unique options to our lineup and completely redesigned the space, we managed to still keep our classic touch.”
The Navy Pier AD&B menu ranges from the Santa Fe Hot Dog (Vienna all beef hot dog, hardwood smoked bacon, chipotle aioli, caramelized onions, beer battered jalapeno caps and cotija cheese on a Texas toast roll) to the Ghost Burger (hardwood smoked bacon, spicy ghost pepper cheese, guacamole and onion strings on a butter brioche bun). And, beyond its acclaimed city dogs and burgers, AD&B is also unveiling a selection of chicken sandwiches, salads, sides and milkshakes. Everything on the menu is fresh, never frozen and all ingredients are prepared in-house. The full menu can be seen at www.adbfresh.com/menu.
Beyond its menu development, the new interior exudes a classic, all-American eatery environment. Gensler, the esteemed international design firm, recreated the layout featuring community picnic-style tables, food truck condiment stations and photos of family and friends’ road trips lining the wall. The décor and dining space channels the nostalgia of the original road trip, adding to the restaurant’s fun, casual and inviting atmosphere. Moving forward, the renovated interior will serve as inspiration for AD&B’s new prototype design, which will be rolled out with all future franchise and corporate locations– a strategic growth initiative AD&B announced last year.
Maintaining a recipe for success, AD&B currently has three locations, each situated at prime destinations – Chicago’s Navy Pier, O’Hare Airport and in Chicago’s Loop at the corner of Randolph and State Streets. A fourth Evergreen Park location is expected to open by August 2018.
As the brand expands, the Alpogianis brothers are awarding franchise opportunities to operator teams and passionate individuals with strong business acumen, proven restaurant industry experience and an interest in multi-unit franchising.
About America’s Dog & Burgers
Entrepreneurial brothers Manolis and George Alpogianis co-founded AD&B after a cross-country road trip through the United States. This now famous journey inspired the two to open a restaurant that offered the most compelling hot dog tastes of the nation in one dynamic environment. The brand uniquely positions itself in the dog and burger scene by offering guests a variety of fresh, gourmet burgers, city-themed hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Italian beef, salads and more. After more than 20 years of proven success, the family-run business is in strategic growth mode, awarding franchise opportunities to passionate individuals and teams attracted to the brand’s distinguishable niche.