America’s Dog & Burger (AD&B) is widely known throughout Chicagoland area for offering the most compelling tastes of the nation in one dynamic eatery. After 23+ YEARS OF PROVEN success in the world’s culinary epicenter, the family-run business has engineered a franchise concept unlike any other in the quick-service industry.
Designed specifically for seasoned restaurant owners and multi-unit operators, AD&B’s simple-to-execute franchise model is fine-tuned to minimize restaurant development costs, expand territory options and maximize return on investment, all while delivering a world-class dining experience.
A leader in the hot dog and burger category, America’s Dog & Burger continually receives national and regional media attention from prominent news outlets including the Chicago Tribune, WGN Chicago, and WBBM’s Made in Chicago.
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Although we’re known for our Chicago-Style hot dogs, we feature
that are made the way you’d find them in that city. Black Angus burgers, the highest quality sausages & of course Italian beef are also on the menu.
Designed to cook, Executive Chef and T.A.G. Restaurant Group Partner George Alpogianis sowed his culinary oats at Chicago’s celebrated dining destinations before “returning to the nest” to successfully manage two Kappy’s locational create mouth-watering, inventive menus for fast- and full-service restaurants for all seven T.A.G. Restaurant Group establishments.
Introduced to the restaurant world at the young age of 6, George worked as a busboy for his father Gus at the Palace Grill, a Chicago institution to this day. Realizing that his son was a “natural” in the kitchen, Gus encouraged George to enroll in culinary school. He received his Chef de Cuisine degree from Culinary School of Kendall College in December 1989. Subsequently, George went on to Le Titi De Paris for his externship under Chef Pieree Pollin.
George landed his first paying gig in January 1991 as sous chef at Terczak’s Restaurant in Wrigleyville. Later, he was mentored by two of Chicago’s celebrated chefs, Tony Mantuano at Tutta Posto and John Hogan at Kiki’s Bistro.
He perfected his culinary skills as Executive Chef at City Tavern and Lawry’s before heading north to South Gate Cafe in Lake Forest. It was here that Director John Hudges discovered Chef George’s passion for cuisine and mastery of flavors. An instant fan, Chef George had the honor of creating special menus for Hughes’ private dinner parties on the Northshore. Even Old Blue Eyes himself couldn’t resist Chef George’s red sauce at Rosebud on Taylor, where he was the celebrated restaurant’s executive chef for three years. Sinatra was known to call the restaurant to make sure Chef George would be in the kitchen before coming to the restaurant.
Chef George turned in his toque essentially for a suit and time when he joined Gus and brother Manolis in their pursuit of creating happy diners across Chicaoland with the family-run venture, T.A.G. Restaurant Group. As partner, George spearheads management duties at the full-service dining establishments, and exercises his food expertise by creating menus and purchasing the “secret ingredients” for all T.A.G. Restaurants. As partner & executive chef of AD&B, George’s culinary panache has not been overlooked by critics. Kappy’s has earned impressive accolades including named one of Chicago’s Top Ten Breakfast Posts” by Chicago Tribune Dining Critic, Phil Vettel and credited with “Best Apple Pancakes” and “Best Greek Chicken” by Chicago Sun=Times Dining Critic Pat Bruno. Recently George designed the menu for the group’s newest restaurant City Porch at Navy Pier, a seasonal “POP UP” restaurant feature well known Chicago guest chefs that rotate every 30 days. His menu lends well to Chicago’s summer visitors as well as the food lovers Chicago is known for.
When George isn’t in the kitchen or “putting out fires,” he enjoys camping and fishing in the great outdoors, cruising on his Harley Davidson, playing golf, and traveling with Manolis.
Co-Owner and President of America’s Dog Franchise, Manolis has over 26 years of diversified restaurant & business experience, and is recognized as being a leader in the Chicago restaurant and civic communities.
Manolis currently operates five high volume restaurants in Chicago, three of which are located in downtown Chicago and two at O’Hare International Airport. The outlets are expected to generate sales over $6,500,000 in 2017 and employ over 100 full time people. Manolis has established relationships with city sponsored organizations to help challenged individuals get back into the workforce. Last year the organization added 15 new full time employees. 80% of which were previously unemployed Chicago residents. Within the next 12 months, the America’s Dog & Burger brand, with 4 locations in Chicago, plans on expanding through franchising the concept. It will add six additional locations adding 45 employees, generating an additional 4.2 million in taxable revenue, with an investment projected to be over $2,400,000.
IN 2017, Manolis & George pledged a community commitment to hire 10 veterans through key partnerships in both starter and managerial positions.
A lifelong Chicago resident, Manolis’ family has been in the Chicago restaurant business for three generations. Graduating from the University of Illinois Chicago, he began his career with the legendary Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises from 1988-1993, and then joined the management team of California Pizza Kitchen from 1993-1995. In 1995, he opened his first restaurant in Chicago’s Navy Pier which gave him the start to then go on to develop the multi-restaurant company, TAG Restaurants, LLC.
Manolis is on the Board of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Common Threads Board, The Greek America Foundation and is active in The Chicago Loop Alliance, The Chicago Chamber of Commerce and The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and Service Works Chicago
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