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In Memoriam: Der Weinerschnitzel Founder John Galardi

John Galardi, who got his start working with Taco Bell founder Glen Bell at his Taco Tia store and went on to found the Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, died earlier this month at age 75. Galardi opened his first unit in 1961 and expanded it into a chain with more than 300 outlets in 10 states. Today, his Irvine, Calif.-based Galardi Group is the parent company of Wienerschnitzel, Tastee Freez and The Original Hamburger Stand.

Most Wienerschnitzel stores, which specialize in hot dogs and chili, are in California but are found throughout the Southwest and as far east as Louisiana. Galardi remained chairman of the company until his death.

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