I drove 172 miles for a dog last summer. The road trip was spurred by a desire to get reacquainted with the Caspers Famous Hot Dogs chain. It might have been 20 years since my last visit to a Caspers location. Eight-unit, Lafayette, Calif.-based Caspers marks its 75th year in business in 2009. It is known for dogs with casings that snap when you bite into them and is jointly owned by Asbek Inc. and Janrus Inc., who also co-own SPAR Sausage Co. Caspers’ ...

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