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The hunchback and the lost art of the Birmingham dog

Updated: July 1, 2011, 11:01 AM ET
By Wright Thompson

The old man's back was bent from decades of stooping over hot dogs. For the longest time, I thought he was a hunchback. That's how I described him to my wife the one time I took her over to Pete's Famous: We gotta visit the hunchback in Birmingham who makes the most amazing secret sauce.

His obituary told me different.

Before he died this spring at 81, Gus Koutroulakis came to work every day since he took over Pete's Famous from his uncle in 1948. Gus fixed so many hot dogs, ...

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