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Felony Franks, one of the most notorious restaurants in Chicago, closed its doors last week. The prison-themed hot dog stand on the West Side staffed its kitchen with ex-convicts and battled with the city ever since it opened its doors in 2009.
The short history of Felony Franks has everything you'd ever want in a gripping news story: politics, race, class, and hot dogs (or is that just me?). It all started back in 2009 when Jim Andrews opened a stand on the West Side and advertised the fact that he was employing only ex-convicts. what's been completely missing from the discussion of Felony Franks has been any examination of the food. And after two visits, I realized why.
"Alderman Bob Fioretti said Friday his Second Ward on the city's West Side has major crime problems, so he thinks the stand's name, Felony Franks, is simply not in good taste." [AP]...
"Felony Franks--'Home of the misdemeanor wiener,' as one of its slogans says, and 'Food so good it's criminal'--is a project of Jim Andrews, who started hiring formerly incarcerated people at his West Loop-based paper wholesaling firm after employees who didn't...