The Chicagoist reports that the restaurant is proudly displaying its citation on the counter. It's not yet clear how they plan to respond, and their website says will be taking an extended vacation from Feb 19 to March 3, so we'll have to wait and see.
Although FoieBlog has never been there, we understand that Hot Doug's serves Foie Gras-laden hot dogs, along with various specials that have included Duck Sausage Covered in Foie Gras Chunks. It's non-Foie Gras items are also well regarded, and they usually have a line down the street at lunchtime. Like Berlin before the wall came down, FoieBlog wished we'd had the chance to try Hot Doug's dogs before the citation.
It's interesting that the city waited half a year to start enforcing the ban and went after a casual place like this rather than one of the upscale restaurants also flouting the rules. However, Hot Doug's probably brought this on themselves by being very vocal about their opposition to the ban - and FoieBlog is sure that they will reap the benefits of all the publicity they are getting as a result of the citation.
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