WALLINGFORD — A popular hot dog restaurant will be expanding with a new Route 5 location after receiving approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Armand Castico owned a Frankie’s in Bristol before moving the business to Plainville. He will now be branching out to the new Wallingford location. Castico will run both restaurants with his son, Jacob Castico.
Frankie’s is known for its famous hot dogs with a toasted bun. The menu also includes sandwiches, a variety of of sides, milkshakes and daily specials.
According to the Planning and Zoning Commission minutes from the March 8 virtual meeting, the new location will be 866 N. Colony Road, formerly a Cumberland Farms convenience store.
Ray Andrewsen, executive director of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, said he is happy Frankie’s will be adding to Wallingford’s diverse list of restaurants.
“We welcome this diversity and also a traditional, successful, well-established restaurant to the community,” Andrewsen said. “I’m sure many people will be happy when the hot dogs are on the grill and the onion rings are being fried.”
The restaurant will be mostly takeout, with some limited seating, and 15 parking spaces.
“The plan is for a downsized Frankie’s with a limited menu focused on takeout,” Castico said at the meeting.
The restaurant will occupy the existing 1,300 square foot building, attorney Greg Piecuch, representing Castico, said during the meeting. The front of the restaurant will take up about 500 square feet.
A grand opening date has not been announced.