Salem's Casey's Hotdogs sold

Salem's Casey's Hotdogs sold

Salem businessman Casey Campbell sold Casey's Hotdogs, but isn't retiring as he planned.

Casey’s Hotdogs, known for its burgers, fries, soups, sandwiches and of course, hot dogs, started as a food cart called Star Spangled Hot Dog Company in 1977. But within a year Campbell bought out his fellow firefighter partners and ran with it.

His business endured harsh winters outdoors, disapproving competitors, mini-crime waves and the exodus of Courthouse Square. It also became a downtown hot spot luring big names such as Gov. John Kitzhaber, who used to go in every Saturday for a hot dog, a beer and a chat with his constituents. Not to mention the long list of famous people, whose autographed photos line the walls of the restaurant, that have enjoyed his catering.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.