John Galardi, Wienerschnitzel Founder, Passes Away

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The Weekly has learned that Wienerschnitzel founder John Galardi passed away yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 75. 
Galardi started Wienerschnitzel in 1961 in Wilmington, after getting an idea for a hot dog franchise from his boss at the time, Glenn Bell of Taco Bell fame, and the name from Bell's wife. He grew the chain into the world's largest hot dog chain, nowadays based in Irvine and among the better fast-food chains out there. In recent years, Galardi has appeared in Wienerschnitzel commercials, heralding back to an era where fast-food barons like Carl Karcher and Dave Thomas would hawk their product instead of bikini-clad woman and clueless bros.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Galardi's loved ones and the Wienerschnitzel empire. In his memory, have an extra chili dog, wontcha?

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RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

We all had fond memories of his hotdog in our mouths. RIP

Johnnys Pollitical Blogs
Johnnys Pollitical Blogs

I love them chili dogs - great food .. wish they had them in Kansas but all they have here is mountain oysters .. yuke.

Lori Spangler
Lori Spangler

That's too bad, especially since he had been appearing on the recent tv commercials.

Jacob J. Garcia
Jacob J. Garcia

Condolences to his familia. Still find myself hitting up the Wienerschnitzel's in Orange on Tustin and the other on Chapman when cheating on the diet. No BS.

Jeff Schneidewind
Jeff Schneidewind

RIP, John - and thoughts to his family. It's been fun living around the corner from the Santa Ana Heights Wienerschnitzel where he tested some of his new ideas - 29¢ Hamburgers, Weldons (a big hit with the kids)...

Robert Flores
Robert Flores

Fuck Cancer!!!!! Love those 99cent chili Dogs!

Bobby Godinez
Bobby Godinez

No one did more for the Chili Dog ----- codolences to the Family.

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill

That's sad, sorry to hear that, he was a neighbor here in Newport.

David L Herrick
David L Herrick

R.I.P. You have a great "Fast Food" product and outlets.

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