By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  It’s National Hot Dog Month, and to honor the occasion, one of the most famous South Street delicacies will get a salute tonight.

Abe Levis started Levis’ Hot Dogs back in 1895 with a pushcart near Third and South Streets.  Eventually he opened a store on nearby South Sixth Street, and it soon became the place to be.

“It was a place that was open all night — people hung out there,” notes South Street historian Joel Spivak, who says that Levis’ hot dogs and cherry sodas were legendary.

“They created this thing called ‘The Combination,’ which was a hot dog and a fishcake.  Some say it is the original surf and turf.”

To pay tribute to the Levis history on South Street, the boldly lettered Levis sign is being re-hung (at the South Street Magic Shop, 517 S. 4th St.), and the familiar red glow will light the sky every night for a month, starting tonight at 6pm.

But there won’t be any hot dogs.  For those, you’ll have to go to the new Levis’, in Jenkintown, Pa. (

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