Felony Franks Closes


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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

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 made the controversial decision to advertise that it staffed its kitchen with ex-convicts, and consequently battled with the city ever since it opened its doors in 2009. For two years, the city refused to let the restaurant put up a sign, but owner Jim Andrews didn't give in. The controversy garnered so much attention, the Wall Street Journal even wrote about the story. It all made for a good discussion, but I'm not sure anyone actually ate the food. I was more than a little underwhelmed when I visited the stand a few months ago. According to the Chicago Journal, owner Jim Andrews hopes to reopen the business in the suburbs.