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Fire It Up! Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs Heads to Kenmore

Frank plans for Kenmore Avenue Restaurant

Frank and Paul Tripi, owners of Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, have purchased a former auto repair building at the corner of Kenmore Avenue and Starin Avenue, with the intentions of opening a hot dog and burger joint in 2018. The location at 707 Kenmore Avenue is the perfect spot for this new venture, as it sits primely on a corner, with high visibility and ample parking.

“We could not be more excited about this location,” said Frank. “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.”

Frank and Paul started off their hot dog business with a single food truck four years ago. The concept quickly took off – the unusual variety of toppings became a huge hit (see menu). A couple of their offerings include:

  • Violet Beauregarde – Blueberry BBQ, cheddar cheese, and onion crunch
  • Frank Mi – Pickled vegetables, cucumber, jalapeño, Sriracha aioli, and cilantro

They also sell a Frito Pie, which you will just have to try for yourself… don’t ask questions… just try it.

Seeing a corner like this, transitioned into a family friendly eatery, is great to see. There are a couple of other auto repair/former gas station-occupied corners in Buffalo that could use a similar treatment.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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