Brothers Paul and Frank Tripi, who launched Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs with a single food truck in 2013, are expanding again, this time into the Northtowns.
The Tripis are turning a former auto repair shop at Kenmore and Starin in the Town of Tonawanda into their first free standing hot dog and burger restaurant.
"We could not be more excited about this location," said owner Frank Tripi. "It is minutes away from where Paul and I grew up, just down the street from St. Joe's and borders the communities that gave us a chance in the beginning."
Since first firing up the grill nearly five years ago, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs has developed a loyal base of fans hungry for its all-natural hot dogs free of preservatives, gluten and artificial ingredients. The concept now serves mouth watering menu items such as the Holy Moly, Impractical Joker and the Violet Beauregarde out of two food trucks.
The first Frank without wheels opened earlier this year inside the Expo Market, a communal food hall on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo.
The new location, at 707 Kenmore Avenue, is expected to open by next summer.