Open the door to Jack's Hot Dog Stand and several things hit your senses: the sizzle of a hot grill, the crowd packed at the counter and the organized chaos guided by cook and business owner Jeff Levanos.
First opened in 1917 by Levanos' grandfather Jaffros Levanos, the small but wildly popular business has stood the test of time, making it through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the economic boom in the 1950s and 1960s, the fuel crisis in the 1970s and the economic downturn in the 1980s and 1990s. With the turn of the century and what many believe is the turn of fortune for the city, Jack's Hot Dog Stand thrives from it's street-facing niche within one of the North Adams' most historic regions.
The story of the Levanos is deeply entwined with the story of Jack's, a story that belongs exclusively to a Northern Berkshire city known as the Western Gateway.
"Hi Folks, I am so happy to see you are still open. I joined the Army in '92 and haven't been back for a bit. I still remember the awesome food and the line to get lunch. I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan and will be visiting next AUG when I return. I have to introduce my Southern Bell wife and little girl to the flavors of Berkshire's Cuisine. I have some of the fondest memories of eating there as well as two other generations of Diggens'. I look forward to sharing with number four. Thanks!"
- SFC Aaron Diggens