Bob Creager opened his tiny pit beef stand in the parking lot of a Southeast Baltimore nightclub in 1987. The stand had no electricity. Creager had never run a business.
And the former steelworker had no idea how to cook pit beef.
"I was struggling," Creager says.
These days, Creager's establishment — Chaps Pit Beef — is a Baltimore legend. His stand, in the parking lot of the Gentlemen's Gold Club on Pulaski Highway, has been featured on national television shows five times. People from across the country trek there. A South Korean family visiting New York once rented a car to drive down for lunch, ate and drove back.
"People come from...