Louie's Original Footlong Hot Dogs is coming back to Buffalo.
The birthplace of the footlong, the seasonal Tonawanda store that opened at 69 Grand Island Blvd. in 1951, will continue operating. But in 2018 a new restaurant at 1893 Niagara St. will replace the year-round Louie's that was an Elmwood Avenue mainstay for 25 years before being knocked out by fire in 2013.
"The problem is that when we shut down for the season, people can't eat our food for five months," said owner Angelo Turco, son of founder Louis Turco. So he started looking for another year-round store.
The Black Rock location was last George's American Diner.
"We will take over the location as of Jan. 1," Turco said. "The remodel will take approximately eight weeks, and our tentative opening date will be March 1."
The 60-seat restaurant will offer the classic Louie's menu, with footlong dogs and smaller versions, curly-Q and sweet potato fries, and Louie's signature drink, loganberry iced tea.
After the restaurant is running smoothly, it will offer delivery, as the Elmwood location did, Turco said.
The new location is just north of Amherst Street.
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