Hot dog maker gets steamed at competitor, sues him

By DON BABWIN | June 22, 2011 | 6:14 AM EDT

In this photo taken June 16, 2011 Tanya Russell, a 40-year-old mail carrier, holds up her Chicago style hot dog she bought at Fast Track, a downtown hot dog stand, during her lunch break in Chicago. Chicago hot dog maker Vienna Beef is arguing in a lawsuit that Red Hot Chicago, which is owned by the grandson of one of Vienna's founders, is either lying to customers that it's using its secret 118-year-old secret recipe or somehow gotten its hands on it. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Associated Press (AP) — A famous Chicago hot dog maker is steamed at a competitor.

Vienna Beef is suing the owner of a rival company called Red Hot Chicago, accusing him of either stealing Vienna's 118-year-old recipe or lying to customers by claiming that he's using it.

And the rival is none other than a grandson of one of the two men who founded Vienna Beef after their tubular treats became a hit at the 1893 World's Fair.

Scott Ladany denies that he's stolen anything and insists that he uses a different recipe. He also argues that he has a right to use his grandfather's story in his advertising because it's all true.