Saturday, December 25, 2010

We Are Re-Opening The Research Kitchen Next Week

The Yank's Franks research kitchen will open to test a potentially new Yank's Franks menu item. This time it's not hot dogs.

Santa left this package for us and it is full of the ingredients (or as they say in Texas, the fixins') to create authentic Italian Beef sandwiches.

Thank you, Santa (and also Chicago Dog Debbie and Jumbo Dog Jim). My taste buds won't sleep a wink until they get some Italian Beef.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Who knows, we may add to our tag line...
Serviamo anche le miglioro carni Italiane!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An Inspirational Hot Dog

The last hot dogs from our Cross-Country Tour were from a spot that Hot Diggity and I used to frequent. We would go there often and get the same Dogs each time. We both got Hot Dogs resting on a bed of bacon, then slathered (is that a word?) in spicy mustard and topped with sauerkraut.

We would always get our dogs to go, drive to the beach and eat them.

Any idea what these memorable hot dogs inspired?

Don't answer...let Max tell everyone. How about it Max, do these dogs remind you of anything at Yank's Franks?

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Cross Country Hot Dog Tour Continues ~Chi-Town

It's day nine of The Cross Country Hot Dog Tour.

We finally hit pay dirt when I stumbled into Chi-Town Chicago Style Eatery in Austin, Texas.

First a little background...Hot Diggity and I lived in Austin for seven years. It was the nicest place we have ever lived for so many reasons. When we moved to Austin, I quickly noticed that it had some of the best restaurants you'd ever want, however I also noticed that, like Maine, it didn't have what I would consider a great hot dog joint. I always believed that opening a hot dog joint in the right spot in Austin would be a winner. Well, here we are back visiting Austin and what do they have just a few miles from where we lived...a great hot dog joint!

Last night I decided to check out Urban Spoon. They had several negative comments, however most of them concerned what I would describe as start-up issues. Not that they aren't legitimate, but virtually all places (including Yank's Franks) go through a learning period. These guys, Travis and Tim, seem very responsive to their customers comments. For example, one customer complained about the quality of their fries and was upset that they used frozen fries. He went on to point out some great places that would only serve fresh cut fries. Well, Chi-Town now uses fresh cut fries. And, I promise their fries are far better than 5 Guys Burger fries. If I may add one point of disagreement, Yank's Franks uses frozen French Fries. After a very long and extensive comparison of many kinds of potatoes and fries, I will stack our Yank's Frank fries up to any out there.

Back to the point, in addition to the fries I had their Classic Chicago Dog and a Chili Dog. Both dogs were Vienna Beef hot dogs and both were done just right. What a bonus, a delicious lunch when you least expect it.

I can't believe that Austin finally has a great Hot Dog Joint!

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs! And, Chi-Town serves the best dogs in Texas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Is That A Yank's Franks Shirt...

. the famous Margaritaville Hotel on Pensacola Beach, Florida?

Yes it is, Hot Diggity and I are on the cross-country hot dog tour. Actually we are on our way to see Henry, aka The Hot Dog Cowboy. We're almost there Henry.

JB offered to trade me one of his shirts for a Yank's Franks shirt. Sorry Jimmy, I have a boatload of your shirts already. He was also surprised at my answer to his question, "what's your favorite [Jimmy Buffet] song?" I think he expected Cheeseburger in Paradise or Margaritaville. My favorite...Mother, Mother Ocean.

To follow the cross-country hot dog tour visit Yank's Franks Facebook page.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A New Hot Dogger Has Arrived

Our Texas Research Division just released some pretty exciting news.

Deputy Dawg Dan and Spicy Salsa Marjan made the exciting announcement of the arrival of the newest Hot Dogger, Henry. Henry weighed in at 7 lbs, 7 ozs. and was born today, 11/11.

So my mission (and I did decide to accept it. for you M.I. fans) is to come up with little Henry's Hot Dogger name. With his weight at 7, 7 and born on 11/11 the name Lucky Dog Henry sure pops to the top. However, the little guy's initials are HDC. He lives in Texas. And, did I mention his first two initials are HD? (Thank you, Deputy Dawg and Spicy Salsa for sticking to the Hot Dog theme)

So, this lucky little guy will be known as The Hot Dog Cowboy. When he gets a little older and orders his monogrammed dress shirts (his daddy was six years old when he ordered business cards so monogrammed shirts probably aren't that far in the future) his luck will shine through once again. The Hot Dog Cowboy need not worry about a separate set of shirts with his Hot Dog initials (like the rest of us that need to keep two separate wardrobes).

Frankly, Hot Diggity and Yank are feeling like Lucky Dogs!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Hot Dog Mission

It's Saturday and Hot Diggity and I found a new relish to try. Have you ever heard of Zucchini Relish. We sampled it at a local Farmers' Market and it was very good. Of course, I had to put it to the hot dog test.

So what you see below is my Zucchini Relish and Kosciusko Mustard Dog (for research purposes) and two Chili Dogs with Cheese (because I was dying for Chili Dogs).

The result...the Zucchini Relish was very good, however it is not different enough from our sweet relish to add to our offerings. We will keep looking and we will invite others to try the Zucchini Relish to get more opinions.

The Chili Dogs were made with Yank's Beantown Chili (as opposed to our regular Chili Dogs that were made with Angus Steak Chili). Whenever and where ever I have Chili, it needs to be topped with shredded cheddar. The Chili Dogs were awesome! Our Beantown Chili is just spectacular. We will likely have it on our menu next Spring.

Now for my problem. I ate these hot dogs a little after 9:30 pm this evening. I could go to bed an hour late, after all we set the clocks back tonight. I'll break even on sleep while most of you get your extra hour, but that's the price I'll pay.

Wait a minute, I have another idea. Maybe if I chase those dogs with a bowl of Ben and Jerry's everything will even out. Yeah, that's what I'll do.

Enjoy your extra hour of sleep. I intend to as well.

Frankly, blah, blah, blah...gotta go to bed!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Yank's Franks Is Closed For The Season

It went by way too quickly, but we're excited to open next season.

We'll be making plans all winter long and we will let you in on them as the plans materialize. So, check back, we're really not going anywhere (well yes we are, but we'll be blogging and Facebooking (is that a verb yet)) all winter long.

Thank you to all.
Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Two Days Left And Yank's Franks Will Close For The Season

Saturday and Sunday (depending on the Hot Dog supply) are our last two days for our first season at Yank's Franks.

We're running low on a few things (we're out of chicken). Tomorrow we'll be out of our awesome onion rings. We'll also run out of our fantastic French Fries, but I bought some knock-offs for those that must have some Fries. We are not even pretending that they are nearly as good as our usual fries, but they'll help for those with fry-cravings. I even got Krinkle Cut so they'll be no confusion.

We will be serving cups of Yank's Beantown Chili. If you haven't tried it yet, it's spicy and delicious.

We hope to see you for your last Yank's Frank of the year.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Yank's Franks Website Is Up And Running

The new Yank's Franks website went live today. We are thrilled with it. It's clean, crisp and fun, just like Yank's Franks.

Thank you AfterFive by Design, our web developer, for all your great ideas.

Please, take a look and let us know what you think.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yank's Franks Gets Written Up In The York County Coast Star


In today's York County Coast Star, Yank's Franks was written up by writer Casey Sullivan.

As Casey wrote in the article, "'s part of a dream he's [Yank's] had for the past 30 years to open up his very own frank shop in the Wells Beach area."

Casey is correct and Hot Diggity and I are having a great time. Our customers have been fantastic.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's October and It's Getting Spooky at Yank's Franks

Sounds like someone needs a road trip to Yank's Franks.

Frankly, we serve the BEST HALLOWEINERS!

Hmmm! I before E except after C or when sounded like A as in neighbor and weigh. That's spooky and weird!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hot Dog, We're Having Fun!

Hot Diggity and I started our "Hot Dog Joint" to have fun. It's been a lot of work, but we are certainly having plenty of fun.

I'm smiling today because one of the "Hot Dog Joints" that Hot Diggity and I frequent (many times The Hot Dog King joins us) called Tradewinds Cafe, stopped in to try out Yank's Franks.

Not only did they try us out, but they were kind enough to post an awesome review of their experience on their, and our, facebook page.

Actually, Tradewinds Cafe is much more than a Hot Dog Joint.

As the photo of a portion of their menu indicates, they have an awesome variety of choices, and their setting on Route 1 in Arundel is ideal.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Weekend Special at Yank's Franks

The first weekend of the Fall season and Yank's Franks is introducing Yank's Beantown Chili.

Chili lovers take note...this isn't a chili for the masses. This chili is for "chili lovers."

Our Yank's Beantown Chili is different from our hot dog chili. Our Certified Angus Steak Chili is still being smeared on every chili dog you'll enjoy at Yank's Franks. It goes perfectly with our awesome hot dogs.

But, if you want a cup of chili that will keep you warm on a chilly Autumn day, you need to come to Yank's Franks and try our Beantown Chili. Add cheddar cheese and a Yank's Franks Root Beer and it's Foodie heaven.

Yank's Franks Beantown Chili is so good, if it were served at a Superbowl Party, it would guarantee a Patriots win.

Frankly, we serve some amazing chili!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Yank's Franks Website Is In The Works

Shortly after we came up with our name, Yank's Franks, we decided to secure a URL because we knew we would want a website.

I attempted to get, Unfortunately, that URL was taken. There was no active website, but we figured with all the Yankees fans (just for clarification purposes...we aren't Yankees fans) somebody probably secured that URL to sell a New York version of Fenway Franks.

We had to settle for our second choice, As cumbersome as that little hyphen is, it's better than no website.

The really good news is, I was recently in touch with the owner of and after some very tough negotiations, we have purchased the URL we wanted.

Don't click away too soon. Our new website is currently under construction and we'll let you know when it is ready to go.

Frankly, we'll have a GREAT website!

Oh, if you know anybody that's looking for, there's a commission in it for you.

Oh, one last thing, GO RED SOX!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

High Praise for Yank's Franks

Jack Nahil, owner of The Cape Arundel Inn, the finest restaurant that Hot Diggity and I have ever had the pleasure to experience (we have had our anniversary dinner at The Cape Arundel Inn every year for the past 8 years) has written about his visit to Yank's Franks.

Jack writes, "Just had the best damn hot dog with great mustard and sauerkraut. Hmmmnn. And the fries were heaven. Perfect. Everything was so good it even made the Coke seem special. Where? YANK'S FRANKS IN WELLS. omg"

The Cape Arundel Inn is located on the bold oceanfront, directly across from President Bush's Compound. Don't think for a moment that they rest on those credentials...everything that Hot Diggity and I have had there has been outstanding.

So, you see, this is very high praise from such an outstanding restaurateur. We are very proud to get such a brilliant review.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Yank's Franks Team

Visit Yank's Franks during the week and you find Christina (on the left) cooking the very BEST hot dogs and Ellen (on the right)
welcoming you as you arrive.

They are a great team and will provide you with a pleasant experience and a delicious and memorable meal.

On the weekends you'll find Yank and Hot Diggity (Hot Diggity will be the one with the big smile).

No matter when you come to Yank's Franks, we will give you a great meal and we'll make you feel welcome. You will be treated like we want you to come back for more.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Yank's Franks Gets Reviewed By The Hot Dog Blog

After a visit just a week ago, The Hot Dog Blog gave great marks to Yank's Franks. In the words of The Hot Dog Blog, "...Yank's is a fantastic Hot Dog Joint...they do serve a wonderful hot dog."

Mike and his beautiful wife, Samantha, have promised to return. In turn, I promise nobody (including our customers) will try to put him to work again (you'll have to read his September 3, 2010 article to understand this promise).

When they return I'm hoping they'll try our Wells Beach Dog and our Chili Dog. I played customer at Yank's Franks today (Christina and Ellen were working while Hot Diggity and I did some YF chores) and I ordered a Chili Dog, an order of Yank's Franks almost famous French Fries and a Yank's Franks Root Beer. It was the first time I did this and I sat outside on the front porch, I mean the veranda.

I must say, I was thrilled. The food was fantastic, the Root Beer was amazing and the veranda is so relaxing. It was everything that Hot Diggity and I were hoping to achieve.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Even The Hotdoggers Are Finding Yank's Franks

If you have ever noticed My Favorite Hot Dog Links section of this blog, you will certainly have noted The Hot Dog Blog.

Well guess who drove right past Yank's Franks today. Yes, it was Mike from The Hot Dog Blog. Anyone who has read Mike's blog knows that if Mike drives by a hot dog joint, the next move is a U turn. That's exactly what Mike did and he arrived at Yank's Franks to give us a try.

What did Mike order...The Yank's Frank of course. Had I been more on-the-ball I would have snapped a photo of Mike biting into his Yank's Frank.

Oh well, maybe Mike's beautiful sidekick got that shot and we'll see it on his blog.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Have You Been to Yank's Franks Yet?


If you have been to Yank's Franks and loved your meal, share your experience with others on TripAdvisor. Follow the link and tell everyone the good news. Thank you, from everyone at Yank's Franks.

Oh, if you haven't been to Yank's Franks you really should try it.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wait, You're Not Done Yet

You've chosen your hot dog (or hot dogs), and you have selected a Yank's Franks Root Beer for your beverage. So far you are doing great.

What about dessert? You have to get dessert. Again, we have made your choice an easy one. You need to try a Yank's Franks Cookie.

Not only are these cookies fun, they are absolutely delicious. They are handmade by Cookies by design in Exeter, New Hampshire. We're not sure how long we will continue to sell them (it depends on how they sell), so stop by and try one. You will come back for more.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs (and Cookies and Root Beer)!

Which Hot Dog Should You Get At Yank's Franks?

The choice of which hot dog to get at Yank's Franks is difficult. We had one patron yesterday that ate six hot dogs and the young lady he was with had three hot dogs. Apparently they found a way to make the choosing a little less stressful.

Once you choose your hot dog and perhaps a side of fries or rings, we have made the beverage choice easy. You should select a Yank's Franks Root Beer.

Our own custom root beer is delicious and refreshing and it just arrived late this afternoon.We put it in the beverage cooler after we closed, so it will go on sale tomorrow.

Give it a try, you'll love it.

Frankly, we serve the Best dogs (and Root Beer)!

Everywhere You Look It's Yank's Franks

No matter where you look at Yank's Franks, you'll see the little extras that Hot Diggity has taken care of (hey, I put this parenthetical statement here so my sentence wouldn't end with a preposition. See, I wasn't sleeping in English class, I was resting my eyes).

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yank's Franks is Featured at Sassy Condiments!

An article about Yank's Franks is featured at Sassy Condiments! ~ Sassy Bits of Life and Food.

Sassy Condiments! has written about street foods of all kinds, however they have strayed from their usual M.O. and done a piece on Yank's Franks because as she says she was, "Drawn in by the Yank's Franks blog about an Entrepreneur (and future hotdogger) detailing, from start to finish, the trials and tribulations of establishing a "Hot Dog Joint" I am straying from my usual Street Food."

In addition to featuring various Street Food vendors, Sassy Condiments! also has several great recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts. It's one-stop shopping for good food (and now, with the addition of Yank's Franks, great hot dogs).

A big thank you to Sassy Condiments!

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Yank's Franks Is The Hot Dog Of The Week


Yank's Franks has been written up as The Hot Dog of the Week by "The Hot Dog Guy" in his blog, Dogs on the Road.

Dogs on the Road is a site devoted to the hot dog. Covering the latest in Hot Dog News.

Additionally, Dogs on the Road seeks out hot dog spots to guide the weary hot dog lover in his/her attempts to enjoy the All-American treat.

The Hot Dog Guy and "Side Dish Jody" travel the countryside enjoying new spots. The Hot Dog Guy enjoying new versions of Dogs and Side Dish Jody enjoying just what her name implies (she's not a hot dog fan). Well Side Dish, when you come to Yank's Franks you can choose from delicious chicken tenders, a veggie dog (not for me) or try our incredible French fries and onion rings.

Don't forget, at Yank's Franks...

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yank's Franks Opens With A Bang!

We are thrilled with the comments we are getting from our customers. From the local Wells residents, to the travelers from "away," the comments about the hot dogs and about our renovations have been so nice to hear.

The most popular hot dog...The Yank's Frank. It's a hot dog on a toasted bun with Raye's Downeast yellow mustard, sweet relish, raw onions, a slice of tomato, a slice of dill pickle topped with celery salt.

The most popular condiment...mustard, of course.

The surprise (for me) runner up condiment...raw onions. We are going through them like crazy.

There you go, three days down and we're doing great.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Opening Day!!!!

Tomorrow, August 9th. Our hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. We hope to see you at Yank's Franks.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Hot Dog Inspectors Were Out In Full Force

Yesterday was "Inspection Day." We had the Fire Department, The Town Code Enforcement Department and the State Health Department into Yank's Franks to give the final A-OK.

All went well and we are ready for business.

This weekend we take care of the final touches and do a thorough cleaning of the entire place. Our food was delivered today. There were a couple of items that need a slight change, but that will be taken care of early Monday morning.

All systems appear to be GO for a Monday opening.

Frankly, we (will, in just 60 hours) serve the BEST dogs!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Now That's A Hot Dog Joint

With the roof sign up there is no mistaking this place for anything but a "Hot Dog Joint"

The sign went up this morning and it sure is an eye catcher. With our new, forest green roof for a background, the hot dog and bun stand out like a beacon calling to all passing hot dog lovers.

The planting areas (you can see one of them in the foreground) on each side of the parking lot entrance were filled with loam later today and they will soon be filled with plenty of colorful flowers.

We are getting there, but there is still a lot to do.

Frankly, we (will soon) serve the BEST dogs!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hold The Presses!

The big day for Yank's Franks has been delayed. A new roof and a new floor (that's it in the photo. Spiffy, huh?) have caused us to push out our targeted opening date by a week.

We now anticipate opening on August 10th. Our apologies to all those that made flight arrangements, but we'll try our best to make it up to you.

One more week of anticipation. One more week to decide if your first hot dog at Yank's Franks will be the Chili Dog. I mention the Chili Dog because that is what I'm thinking will be my first hot dog at Yank's Franks. I was describing our Certified Angus Steak (not ground beef) Chili to one of the workers at Yank's Franks today. I can't get it out of my mind. Our chili is awesome and I'll top it with shredded cheddar cheese and diced onions. All that on top of a perfectly griddled dog that is nestled (fancy word) in a buttered and toasted New England hot dog bun.

I'm getting two Yank's Franks Chili Dogs, an order of the crispiest fries in New England and I'm going to wash them down with a Smoothie.

I can't wait.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hot Dog! Things Are Looking Good

The inside of Yank's Franks is looking pretty spiffy. The walls are up, the counter is in (and painted Tomato Red).

Tomorrow the kitchen area will have a new black and white floor installed. The beautiful wood floor will be covered in order to make clean up easier and to keep the area sanitary. The customer area, as well as the back storage room, will still have those shiny wood floors.

The cooking and refrigeration equipment will begin to show up on Tuesday.

I can almost smell the hot dogs cooking now.

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Roof Has A Hole In It And I Might Drown!

Our roof sign is done and ready to go. The 8 foot hot dog looks awesome and I can't wait to see it sitting atop Yank's Franks.

Unfortunately, after the installation of the exhaust hood, we sprung a leak. The installers gave us the bad news that the roof has 5 layers of shingles on it.

Obviously, totally contrary to the building code. (why didn't the building inspector catch this??? Argh!) We had a choice, patch it and take our chances, or get a new roof. It's an unfortunate situation, but an easy choice. A new roof it is.

I'll have more photos of the inside on Thursday. It looks really good.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hot Diggity Dog!!!!!

It was never more true than it is in this they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

We even have a target opening date...Tuesday, August 3, 2010.

Frankly, we (will soon) serve the BEST dogs!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

At the Ballpark, the Hot Dog Reigns Supreme

Despite efforts to steer fans toward other options like low-calorie snacks, or gourmet offerings, at the ballpark the all-American Hot Dog remains #1. (click on the photo for the full New York Times story)

Ballparks have added pizza, Cuban sandwiches, steak tips, lobster rolls and that's just the beginning. With all these gastronomical delights, the good old hot dog remains in the top spot among fans.

Of course, the ballpark that outsells all others when it comes to hot dogs...Fenway Park. We all know that, but at which ballpark do hot dogs get upstaged by sausages? That would be Miller Park in Milwaukee where Brewers fans are treated to a race each game between mascots dressed as a Bratwurst, a Polish Sausage, An Italian Sausage a Chirizo and a Hot Dog.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Yank's Franks Will Be Serving The Very Best Chili Dogs

The six month long, constant search has come to an end. After trying, what seemed like thousands of different kinds of chili, and after the Hot Dog King cooked dozens of different chili recipes (most of which he made up himself) we can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

To say we were nervous is an understatement. Here we were just weeks away from opening Yank's Franks and no chili to go on the chili dogs ~~ unthinkable!

So, tonight we sleep knowing all of you chili dog fans will leave Yank's Franks with big smiles on your faces (and plans to return for more).

The chili that will be served at Yank's Franks is not made with ground beef. Our chili is not made with steak. Yank's Franks chili is made with Certified Angus Beef steak.

Angus Beef is a select breed of Scottish cattle. Considered a premier beef, the Angus has become widely known with its name being synonymous with quality.

Certified Angus Beef has become known as the best of the best. Its certification is received only after meeting a rigorous set of standards.

Yank's Franks Chili Dogs will soon be known as the best of the best.

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

At Yank's Franks, We Eat So You Don't Have To!~~~That Doesn't Sound Right??

Can you guess what Hot Diggity and I were doing today?

Our goal was to complete the offerings for our menu. After a day of eating, and eating and more eating we left full, and in need of a long nap. But, it was a very satisfying day in more ways than one.

We tried some great hot dogs with interesting toppings. We even had a footlong hot dog that was easily 18 inches long (please, no jokes). We had an awesome hamburger. There were at least 5 different types of french fries and another 5 types of onion rings.

We sampled two types of chili. I thought the first chili was very good. Chef Gary suggested we hold our praise until after the next serving. He was right, the second chili was one of the best I had ever enjoyed.

All this sampling was topped off with a whoopie pie. I love whoopie pies, but how did they know?

After all this, and as an after thought, the Chef went to his freezer and came out with two Cool Dogs. Cool Dogs are delicious, premium vanilla ice cream (some of you probably know how much I love vanilla) wrapped in a mouth-watering cake and topped with rich chocolate that melts in your mouth. What else could one ask for?

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!

And, some of them may be Cool.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Yank's Franks Is Cookin'

Well, maybe that isn't the best way to describe what's happening at Yank's Franks. We're still a few weeks from actually cooking, but things are really changing at 1738 Post Road.

As you can see, the walls are framed. The counter is being built off-site. In the lower left of this photo of the interior of the building, you can see the cooking hood, which was scheduled for installation today. Unfortunately, there was a small error in the exhaust ducts so it will be re-tooled and ready to go for Thursday installation.

Also, on the left of this interior photo you can see some light shining in. That's our new rear door. Well, it's not a rear door yet, it's a hole where the rear door will soon be installed.

While all this progress was happening inside, the landscapers were working their magic outside.

This photo of the exterior shows the landscapers working on the area where Yank's Franks outside dining [strike that] where Yank's Franks al fresco dining will be enjoyed on a beautifully, professionlly manicured lawn.

Beyond the lawn, the workers later began improving the parking area to make it more enticing to the hungry passersby (that's not even a word, is it?).

I'm looking forward to keeping you updated as more work progresses.

It won't be long before Yank's Franks really will be cookin'

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Yank's Franks Sign Posts Are Up

Thanks to the help of Coney Island Jack, the street sign posts for Yank's Franks went in today (that's him showing off his work). They are level in all three directions, they are the proper distance apart and they are cemented in.

And look at Route 1. That's trafffic out there. Look into the windows of those automobiles and you can see people that are clearly jonesing for hot dogs. Sorry folks, you'll have to wait a little longer.

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let's Celebrate National Hot Dog Month


It's Here! In 1957, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce designated the month of July, National Hot Dog Month.

This month alone, Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs. And, what will they put on those hot dogs? The number one condiment is easy, it's mustard. Number two gets a little more difficult since there are strict rules governing its use on hot dogs. That should be enough of a hint for the readers of my blog who will recognize this "hot dog controlled substance" as ketchup. And the number three most popular condiment is still more difficult. I celebrated the start of National Hot Dog Month with this condiment when I enjoyed my Chili Dog for lunch today. Yes, chili is even more popular than relish.

If you are wondering what 150 million hot dogs might look like...that's enough to stretch across the United States, from coast to coast, more than five times.

It is no wonder that, with such popularity, the hot dog is recognized for the entire month of July.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has today unveiled a series of four commemorative placemats that are sure to liven up any hot dog gathering. Ironically enough, one of the four includes, "Hot Dog Etiquette" so those over the age of 18 years and using Ketchup on their hot dog, can see exactly which rule they are breaking.

Yank's Franks wishes everyone a wonderful Hot Dog Month!

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!


Friday, June 25, 2010

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

The roof sign is taking shape. You need to use your imagination a bit, but you can see it. (Scroll down to see what it will look look when completed) You can also see a corner of the road side sign in the upper right hand corner. It's gonna be great.

Chili topping update, we made some homemade chili from a special recipe last night. At first we were going to follow the recipe verbatim, but (believe me) that would have been unacceptable. We made a couple of quick changes and ended up with a pretty decent chili.

The Hot Dog King and Double Dog Dennis (our testers) came over to try it with us. It was very good, but it was made without any tomato sauce, just meat and seasonings.

As a result, the chili had to go under the hot dog. Tasty, but not the way it should be. At the suggestion of the Hot Dog King, I took some of the leftover (I made enough for a medium sized army) and I added a very small amount of tomato juice. Yes, tomato juice. It turned out very good, however I'm going to try one more thing to spice it up.

If I'm successful, I'll let you know. If not, I won't even tell you, I'll just keep on tryin'.

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hot Dog! Yank's Franks is a Work in Progress

The electricians were in today. Lots of progress. I can taste the Hot Dogs already (maybe it's because I cooked some for lunch).

Hot Diggity and I went to pick out colors today. That's more fun than actually painting them.

We applied for a Sign Permit. Wow, how many permits does one need? I can tell you that we have applied for seven so far.

The good news is, it'll all be worth it when we start selling those awesome hot dogs (Yikes, still no awesome chili).

Frankly, we (will) serve the BEST dogs!
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