Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Red Hot Ranch at 3118 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. (1952-1985)

In 1952, Isabel & Albert "Al" Deutch opened the Red Hot Ranch on Devon Avenue between Albany Avenue, and Troy Street in Chicago’s far north side community of West Ridge in the West Rogers Park neighborhood. Little did they know they were creating a hot dog icon that would be remembered for well over a half century.
A William Rubin original one-of-a-kind watercolor of the Red Hot Ranch painted especially for my sister. The original detailed oil painting hangs in the Vienna Beef headquarters.
Isabel hired many neighborhood kids. She was like a second mom to all. Mailmen started and ended their routes there, getting a cup of coffee in the morning and a hot dog, fries and a Nedlog (Golden spelled backwards) drink (grape or orange) in the afternoon.

Al was a chemical engineer who gladly worked the stand during the late shift, often going past midnight, wrapping those Vienna hot dogs and fries together. It was the hangout best remembered for its vitality as a happening little shack and the center of the neighborhood activity for many years.

The Ranch, as it was known, is gone now but will always be a part of the north side culture. Vienna Beef inducted the Red Hot Ranch on September 24, 2010.

High resolution prints on quality papers, canvas or wrapped canvas in sizes up to 60" x 40"

by Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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