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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs opening Tonawanda restaurant

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs will become the latest food truck to add a brick-and-mortar location with its new Tonawanda restaurant.

A former auto repair business at 707 Kenmore Ave. will become Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs' first restaurant. The target date is early 2018.

"We couldn’t be more excited about this location for our first stand-alone restaurant. It is in our backyard, minutes away from where we grew up and just steps away from St. Joe’s," partners Frank and Paul Tripi said in a Facebook post. "It borders many of the communities that have been good to us since day one. Even better, there will be plenty of parking (20 spots) and it is a few blocks from the bike trails."

The Tripis, who started their company in 2013, sell hot dogs made from their own recipe, "free of nitrates, preservatives and artificial ingredients," with standard or adventurous toppings. Its hand-cut French fries, some of the best in town, come with dips like sriracha aioli.

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs operates two trucks and a counter at EXPO, 617 Main St., the downtown food hall.

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