Cityscape

December 21, 2013

Franks gourmet hot dogs closes on Southwest Boulevard

The gourmet hot dog operation also sold hamburgers, hand-cut french fries, housemade kettle chips, and housemade grilled tamales.

Franks — with a tag line of “delicious hot dogs, burgers and brats” — closed Friday at 520 Southwest Boulevard.

Dan Clothier, founder and owner of the gourmet hot dog concept, said it had a strong lunch business but could never attract enough customers during the evenings and weekends to cover overhead.

“There’s a reason there isn’t a McDonald’s downtown. We were fighting the odds,” Clothier said. “Traffic and volume make these deals work.”

Clothier first opened the concept in the West Bottoms in mid-2011, then relocated to the higher traffic Southwest Boulevard location in mid-2012.

The freestanding building also had a drive-thru and its own parking lot.

The menu included hamburgers, hand-cut french fries, housemade kettle chips, housemade grilled tamales and breakfast items.

But its core menu items were the charcoal-grilled hot dogs, sausages and brats with specialty toppings — from barbecue sauce to frijoles rancheros.

“We may try this concept again, after we recover from this effort,” Clothier said.

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