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Chuck Wheeler's Vienna Beef Red Hots closed at Southlake Mall

Shoppers walk around Monday at Southlake Mall in Hobart. Chuck Wheeler's Vienna Beef Red Hots closed there, complaining of high rent.

Chuck Wheeler's Vienna Beef Red Hots, a Region institution for nearly six decades, has shuttered its outpost in the Southlake Mall food court, citing the cost of rent.

The original location at 3514 Village Court in the Village Shopping Center in Gary remains open.

"With a saddened heart, we decided to close this location due to extremely high rent," Chuck Wheeler's Vienna Beef Red Hots posted on its Facebook page. "So if you are craving a tasty hot dog or polish, stop by the Village location in the Village Shopping Center. Still going strong since 1958."

The hot dog restaurant is known for its Chicago-style dogs, Polish sausages, Italian beef, fries, chili and chips, and frozen bananas at the Southlake Mall in Hobart. It was inducted into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame in 2006.

Chuck Wheeler's has a loyal following and remains one of the biggest draws to the largely empty Village Shopping Center on Grant Street, where it's one of the few businesses still operating in the indoor mall portion.

For more information, call 219-887-3800. 

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.