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Louis' Lunch Wagon, 1907-1916
Louis' Lunch Wagon, 1907-1916

Louis' Lunch

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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