Maxwell Street Hotdogs serves the Vienna beef sausages in almost more ways and with more trimmings than you can count.
“There are 10 different types of hot dogs that all have different toppings, and with all you can get them Chicago-style,” said Alex Kutanovski, who owns and operates the restaurant.
The small diner-style eatery with a drive-through window opened Nov. 1 in the rear third of a family-owned office building on Main Street. Beside hot dogs, offerings include 16 types of sandwiches such as Polish sausages, prime rib sandwiches, Italian beef, hamburgers and patty melts, plus fries, chili, chili cheese fries and more.
The diner’s name is reminiscent of the former Maxwell Street area of Chicago, Kutanovski said.
“Maxwell Street and Vienna beef is kind of a generic name a lot of Polish Sausage,” he said. “I went to Indiana Secretary of State website and saw Maxwell Street was available in Indiana, and knowing people associate Maxwell Street with quality hot dogs and Polish, we chose it.”
An attorney by day, Kutanovski operates Maxwell Street Hotdogs on evenings and weekends and the Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana soccer club, where he’s part owner, in his spare time.
“They take up a lot of time, but I typically take care of them after work,” he said. “With the soccer club it’s a labor of love that keeps you going. It‘s keeping high school and college kids employed and 200 kids off the street and active. I’ve learned I enjoy my day job, but when I get out of there I think hot dogs and soccer.”
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