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Montgomery landmark Chris’ Hot Dogs approaches 100th birthday

“People always ask us the secret to being in business for 100 years,” said Gus Katechis. “I always tell them, you just gotta be here. You’ve got to be here every day.”

It’s a motto that Gus Katechis and his father, Theo, certainly live out; there’s rarely a day you don’t see both of them behind the counter at Chris’ Hot Dogs in downtown Montgomery. The father and son are the second and third generation to run the family business.

Theo’s father, Christopher Anastasios “Chris” Katechis, for whom the business is named, immigrated to the United States from a small island in Greece and opened up his hot dog business on May 1, 1917.

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