Tasty Dog sign on the market

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers can buy a little piece of village fast-food history for the low price of $6,500.

Those who long for the days of going to an OPRF High School football game or a youth baseball game and then swinging by the beloved, and now defunct, Tasty Dog restaurant — formerly at 708 Lake St. — can purchase the iconic restaurant sign at Salvage One, a vintage retail shop in Chicago.

Marcus Ober, buyer and retail manager at Salvage One, tells Wednesday Journal that the sign is on consignment for the village, which will pocket half the money when it sells.

The sign is still intact, but the plexiglass insert that actually reads Tasty Dog had already been removed by the owner of Tasty Dog before Salvage One came to pick it up.

"It was a little disappointing that it didn't have those panels," Ober said, adding that the top of the sign still reads "World's Finest Hot Dog!"

Ober said the sign weighs about 500 pounds — it took a cherry picker, metal cutter and crane to remove it from the location when the fast-food establishment was demolished in November to make way for the District House mixed-use condo building going up next year.

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 7:44 PM

how much less would it have cost if you just ran over it with a backhoe?

Luke Casson  

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 4:32 PM

Maybe the Barton's can donate the sign to the Village and deduct the price from the $1M paid for the build out and the $57,000+ for unpaid rent.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 12:02 AM

You got to be kidding! Low price! Are you joking? $6500! And with out the panels its not even a sign - let alone a tasty dog sign- its just a lighted hunk of metal. Do a follow up in a few years and let us know what it sells for. I suspect the village will have to pay someone to take it off their hands.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2016 8:59 PM

So the previous owner of Tasty Dog stole the village's sign insert, just like he stole the property taxes that went unpaid. Nice memory.

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