The Texas wiener was created in Paterson, New Jersey before 1920 and in Altoona, Pennsylvania by Peter "George" Koufougeorgas in 1918 and originally called Texas Hot Wieners. The "Texas" reference is to the chili sauce used on the dogs, which actually has a stronger Greek cuisine influence due to the ethnicity of the cooks who invented it. It is considered a unique regional hot dog style. From its origins, the invention spread to the Pennsylvania cities of Scranton and Philadelphia. Altoona's original Texas Hot Dogs shop is still open today, having two locations: Downtown Altoona and 58th Street by the Logan Valley Mall.