Ken Lassen, grandson of Louis' Lunch founder Louis Lassen and proprietor of Louis' Lunch for 65 years, died last Tuesday at age 93. Louis Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, is known as the "birthplace of the hamburger" and has been serving their famous broiled burgers on toast since 1900. From The New Haven Register:
Ken Lassen, who died of kidney failure, "is the one responsible for putting Louis' where it is today and getting it to the level where it is today," Jeff Lassen said at his home in Bethany, flanked by his older brother, Ken Jr.
"Before, we were always New Haven-known and Connecticut-known." But Louis' role in American cultural iconography spread much wider in recent years "and he had a lot to do with that."
View Lassen's obituary at Legacy.com.
[via Burger Conquest]