Louis' Lunch Wagon, 1907-1916
This New Haven sandwich shop is the home of the
first hamburger and first steak sandwich in U.S. history. The two
sandwiches were first served 100 years ago at Louis' Lunch, which
opened in 1895 and has been passed through the Lassen family for
four generations. Hamburgers are served only on white toast, with a
choice of onion, tomato or cheese, but no condiments. Ken Lassen,
age 82, is a third generation owner.
Project documentation includes a history of this New
Haven institution, magazine and newspaper articles, historic
photographs, and a personal reminiscence penned in his own hand by
Kenneth Lassen for the Local Legacies project.
Originally submitted by: Rosa L. DeLauro, Representative (3rd District).
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