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Sheriff honors retiring Hot Dog World owner

Steve Katsadouros accepts award from Sheriff Lowell Griffin. Steve Katsadouros accepts award from Sheriff Lowell Griffin.

Hot Dog World's longtime owner, Steve Katsadouros, who announced his retirement from the business last month, was honored  Thursday by Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin with the first ever "Sheriff's Award of Excellence."

"For over 35 years Steve Katsadouros owned and operated one of the very best restaurants in North Carolina, during those 35-plus years he always gave back to his community and was a huge supporter of all emergency service agencies in Henderson County," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "Thank you for always giving back to your community and your support of emergency services. We hope you enjoy your much deserved retirement!"

Opened in July 1986, Hot Dog World has won numerous regional and state awards for its food and has been praised for years for its customer service. The new owner is Thanasi Tsakalos, who has been Katsadouros's business partner since 1997, Asheville Citizen-Times reported on Jan. 6.