“Hot Doug’s: The Movie” isn’t a Hollywood-financed, explosion-filled retelling of the very real hot dog “Encased Meat Emporium” that used to be off California and Roscoe — it’s a documentary. Obviously.
And maybe for those who’ve waited in line for a Hot Doug’s hot dog, a line that wound around the building and went down the block, you don’t need a documentary to show you what the craze was about. (Though it’ll be nice to watch for nostalgia’s sake.)
For those who missed the craze, who have no idea why people would wait hours for a goshdarn hot dog, this documentary may help you understand.
It’s been more than two years since the place closed, so why not release a documentary?
According to Chicagoist, who talked to producer Nicholas Markos, the film is done and ready to go. Featuring interviews with “Hot” Doug Sohn himself, screenings will likely start to appear the second half of June. The film was directed by Markos’ brother, Christopher.
Watch the trailer below.