I knew I would never get an electric train for Christmas, it was out of the question.
I thought maybe a plastic wind-up train might work. You wound it up and let it go;
and wind it back up when it unwound. So, I hinted to my parents about a train for
Author: Dick Portillo
Publisher: Triumph Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 1963, Dick Portillo built a 6' x 12' trailer with no running water or bathroom and opened a simple hot dog stand in Villa Park, Illinois. He called it "The Dog House." More than 50 years and 50 locations later, his namesake Portillo's restaurants are a Windy City institution, famous for perfect, Chicago-style dogs. In Out of the Dog House, Portillo tells the incredible story of his life, sharing the ingenuity and hard-earned wisdom that went into building a beloved restaurant chain. From a modest childhood as the son of Greek and Mexican immigrants, to the core principles that became essential in growing a national business, this is a singular, at times surprising, tale of how one man crafted his own American dream, one hot dog at a time.