Former boatbuilding executive goes from Burger to hot dogs

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061709DavidCartThe former head of Burger Boat Co. has gone to the dogs – as in hot dogs.

David Ross, former co-president of the Manitowoc, Wis.-based boat company, has opened his own Chicago-style hot dog stand where he serves up authentic Chicago-style hot dogs and Maxwell Street polish sausage.

“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do all my life,” the Chicago native told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “It’s been nothing but fun.”

After Ross got out of the U.S. Marine Corp. in the mid-1960s, he had a towing company in Chicago and was able to drive around the city, tasting the best hot dogs along the way.

“I always said to myself ‘Someday I’ve got to do this,’ because I just love the culture of it,” he said.

Ross, who retired from Burger during the first quarter of 2008, even went back to school – earning his Ph.D. from Vienna Beef’s Hot Dog University – hence the name of his business: Dr. Dawg.

Ross even has a Web site for his venture, where he defines a Chicago-style dog, tells people the ingredients in a proper Chicago-style hot dog and educates the public on the proper way to order a dog. He even has a section about why you should never put ketchup on a hot dog.

He serves up his franks at the local farmer’s market and at special events in the area.

“My goal at Burger was building the best megayacht, and my goal right now is serving the best sandwich that I can,” Ross said.

— Beth Rosenberg

b.rosenberg@tradeonlytoday.com

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6 comments on “Former boatbuilding executive goes from Burger to hot dogs

  1. JR Goodman

    I love it. It really is interesting how we are al doing things we always wanted to do in this climate. On the other side of the coin, the powers to be are more worried about keeping thier positions and have no clue all the talent that is leaving this industry….for good. It will never be the same 

  2. PMW

    What a wonderful “retirement” project.  Plenty of fresh air, exercise and time to meet folks from all over the world.
    Best of luck, David, on your new venture.   However, can a real Chicago-style hot dog be any better than a Fenway Frank?

  3. Island Boy

    Great story, I have for many years told my industry friends that if it my marine industry career goes to H in a handbag, you could find me on the strip @ Ft Lauderdale beach selling hotdogs from my own stand and wearing a thong……. LOL

  4. LARRY

    I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE, DON’T KNOW IF I WANT TO SELL HOT DOGS, NOR FLIP BURGERS, BUT IF THE MARINE INDUSTRY KEEPS GOING THE WAY THINGS APPEAR TO BE HEADING, I MAY BE FORCED TO.

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