Comings & Goings: Owner of Jimmie’s Hot Dogs ready to move on
By Marisa Amoni For Sun-Times Media May 10, 2013 1:06PM
Jim Wagner peeks his head outside of a Jimmie's Hot Dogs truck in 2011. Wagner, whose grandfather started Jimmie's, revived the business after years of dormancy. | Marissa Amoni for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 13, 2013 6:19PM
Two years ago, Jim Wagner made a lot of nostalgic Aurorans very happy. Wagner brought back the old-time Jimmie’s Hot Dogs with a new yellow truck and the same, loved Jimmie Dogs.
At the time that he renewed the business, Wagner hoped to franchise the food trucks nationwide. Now, he is looking to sell the business completely and has no plans to park the truck off of Orchard Road this year.
Since reopening his grandfather’s business, Wagner said, his business partners have expanded their unrelated engineering business overseas and are looking to unload Jimmie’s Hot Dogs. Wagner will continue with his insurance services business, he said.
He also is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and their 2-year-old son.
Wagner’s grandfather, Jimmie Bourtzos, began selling hot dogs from a cart after his shift at Thor Power Tools. In 1925, Bourtzos built a wagon on the back of a Ford Diamond T and launched Jimmie’s Hot Dogs the next year at McCarty Park near downtown Aurora.
“It’s been absolutely wonderful. I’ve heard story after story after story. It’s just wonderful to hear,” Wagner said about the last two summers in the truck.
Wagner announced that Jimmie’s Hot Dogs is for sale via its Facebook page on May 1. About a dozen locals voiced their dismay in the comments below the post. Interested parties can call Wagner at (630) 561-3647.
So far, Wagner said that he has received some local interest and has talked to prospective buyers in Phoenix and Dallas.
The downtown storefront on the southwest corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue is now filled with weights and fitness machines.
Quint Thompson opened QT3 Systems, a one-on-one personal training and fitness center, earlier this month in the former Computeks location and, most recently, a short-lived Mexican imports store at 6 W. Downer Place, Aurora.
Thompson decked out the first floor with a variety of exercise equipment, and he offers his personal training services in the small gym on a by-appointment-only basis.
QT3 Systems is a convenient and affordable fitness center that Thompson, of Aurora, started to “accommodate people who would love to train, but can’t afford to,” he said.
Thompson offers a monthly package for $175 that allows his clients to come as often as they want based on availability. “They’ll get results for their money,” he said.
Visit www.qt3systems.com or call (630) 200-0882.