Filmmakers Nick and Christopher Markos are shooting a documentary about the closing of Hot Doug’s. Chicago’s legendary encased meats emporium will close shop forever on October 3.
Nick Markos explained the film’s purpose to DNAInfo Chicago:
Since May, when owner Doug Sohn announced that the restaurant’s last days were upon us, the lines have been getting progressively crazier.
Here’s a Vine from last week:
10am on a Tuesday Hot Doug’s line https://t.co/Ezd5rz4SoN
— Benedict Fritz (@benedictfritz) September 16, 2014
Crain’s Chicago Business talked to Sohn on Sunday. Sohn had this to say about the lines on Saturday, September 20:
Markos Film’s team—comprised of the Markos brothers and a team of Chicago-based volunteer videographers—has been on hand to film the past few weeks, and doesn’t plan to stop until October 3rd comes. DNAInfo Chicago shared Sohn’s take:
Nick Markos says the film will feature interviews with Doug Sohn, Hot Doug’s employees, and some of the restaurant’s regulars. He stressed to DNAInfo Chicago that he really just wants regulars, and added, “Juggling chainsaws is not going to get you in the documentary. You’re definitely barking up the wrong tree.”
Asked about how long the finished documentary will be, Nick Markos offered the words every filmgoer hopes are true: “We’re going to make it as long as it needs to be to be really good, and not any longer than that.“
Hot Doug’s is now doing the same thing with its out-of-control lines. Yesterday, they closed the line early and announced it on Facebook and Twitter.
Heads-up: We have shut down the line and can serve no additional customers today. Thanks so much for your understanding, my friends. — Hot Doug’s (@hotdougs) September 23, 2014
Today, they closed the line at 10:31am local time—just one minute past the time that Hot Doug’s normally opens for business.
FYI: Our line is as long as it can get today. All in line now will get in, joiners will not. Thanks again for your understanding my friends. — Hot Doug’s (@hotdougs) September 24, 2014
Filmmaker Christopher Markos won a Primetime Emmy in 2005 for the Showtime series Huff. The Markos brothers are Chicago natives, and their previous documentary work has been Chicago-focused as well.