By Ashley Kus
PLAINVILLE – Customers lined up at the counter to place orders at Frankie’s Hot Dogs Tuesday afternoon.
“We couldn’t wait for this one to open up,” said Carol Stagis, a Bristol resident.
After closing its Bristol location last year, Frankie’s re-opened at the former Grumpy’s Pub and Grub, 177 East St., across from the Senior Center.
During the soft opening Tuesday, there were new and returning customers. The official opening is Thursday.
Faithful fans of the famous hot dogs, like Stagis and her family, followed the family-owned restaurant to its new town.
“We’re thrilled,” said Stagis’ husband Rob.
Owner Armand Castico, a Southington resident, said he didn’t expect such a big crowd for the soft opening.
“We thought ‘let’s open the doors and see what happens,’” he said.
The staff is also from the former Bristol location.
“It’s a good thing we have a lot of experienced people working today,” he said.
Jake Castico, co-owner and also a Southington resident, was cooking in the kitchen with his father as orders came in.
“So far it’s been great,” he said.
The father-son team gutted and remodeled the new location. The dining area has booths and tables.
Instead of a drive thru, the business has a patio with a walk-up service window. Walk up service is expected to start April 1, with additional patio seating.
“We’re hoping to pick up a lot of traffic from Plainville, Southington, New Britain and the Forestville area,” Armand Castico said.
Frankie’s has other locations in Waterbury, West Haven, Naugatuck, and in the Meriden Westfield Mall food court.