Tuesday, April 5

GUS KOUTROULAKIS, OF PETE'S FAMOUS IN B'HAM, PASSES


The SFA is sad to share news that Gus Koutroulakis, the icon of the iconic Pete's Famous Hot Dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, passed away this morning, April 5, 2011. A wonderful story on Gus's life and work can be found on the Birmingham News website.

We are fortunate to have interviewed Gus in 2004, as part of our Greeks in Birmingham oral history project. And there's also a wonderful film, Hotdogopolis, by Eric Feldman and Leyla Modirzadeh, where you can see Gus in action and learn about Birmingham's hot dog history.

It's too early to know of the fate of Pete's Famous, but we will certainly keep you posted.

Gus, you will be sorely missed by many.