Big Guys Sausage opens to fanfare after picking up pointers from Chef Bobby Flay
Big Guys Sausage opened last August at 7021 W Roosevelt Road. A new food entrepreneur, Big Guys Sausage owner Brendan O’Connor grown his position from restaurant rookie to professional proprietor in a short period of time thanks to his dedication and a tutorial from Chef Bobby Flay. Big Guys Sausage made its reality television debut on 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay on the Food Network on August 10.
Combining the imagination and drive of O’Connor with the expertise of Flay, Big Guys has been off to a great start. The menu has a diverse offering of charbroiled sausages stuffed with thoughtful ingredients that range in composition from pork to buffalo chicken to crawfish and beyond. With the guidance of Flay, a number of homemade toppings were also developed for the sandwiches. The spot makes good on its promise to put a modern spin on the classic Chicago-style hot dog stand. The menu also includes a mix of pork chop sandwiches, hot dogs and fresh cut fries, and don’t forget to check out the daily specials like whiskey glazed ham, prime rib, pot roast, knackwurst and more.
The new stand was also paid a visit by Ted Brunson of Chicago’s Best during the Best of Roosevelt Road series. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this meat-lovers paradise, make it a destination for this weekend’s meal planning.
Through the support of the City of Berwyn and the BDC, Brendan O’Connor received Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for purchase, interior build-out and façade work on the former Berwyn Parky’s hot dog spot. Mayor Robert Lovero said, “This stand is a novel idea, and I’m proud to say it started with one of our own Berwyn residents. Brendan has a terrific concept and the food is fantastic. I’m so pleased to see this spot have life again and for it to be part of our revitalization efforts on Roosevelt Road.” Jon Fey, BDC Board President, noted, “There is nothing else like Big Guys in Berwyn. It is gratifying to be a part of the BDC’s and City’s efforts to support local entrepreneurship.” Brendan O’Connor followed, “I’ve never owned a business before, and I can’t imagine a better town to open a business in. Berwyn is just the most business friendly town I’ve ever heard of. Your support means a lot to us.”