Felony Franks Considers Move to Evanston

A former Chicago hot dog stand that offers employment to ex-offenders is considering opening in Evanston's second ward.

The hot dog stand Felony Franks, known for giving ex-offenders a job and selling "Misdemeanor Wieners," is considering a move to Evanston.

After the restaurant closed up shop in Chicago, owner Jim Andrews met with second ward residents to discuss a potential new location this week, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Few attendees at the meeting opposed the mission of the hot dog stand, which is designed to give those with a criminal record a second chance, according to the Tribune. Some, however, said names like the "Misdemeanor Wiener" and "Probation Burger" might offend--and might give the wrong impression about the second ward.

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lucas July 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Dempster/Dodge mall woud be good location.
Christine Wolf July 15, 2012 at 04:37 PM
How do readers feel this place differs from a business like Curt's Cafe on Central Street? http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/city/in-focus-a-second-chance-at-curt-s-cafe-1.2740079#.UALxo3B9mo8
lucas July 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Thats a good question Christine. Other then Felony Franks gets more attention. Perhaps local Alderman shoud see how to help out Curt's
Leslie July 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
You don't have to exploit a persons troubled past to make a buck. If the goal of Felony Franks really was to help the troubled youth they would change the name to something more positive.
Jim Osburn July 15, 2012 at 08:39 PM
The name is positive! If you "hide" the mission, it will really act to shame those trying to go straight. There is a long streak of "let's pretend it doesn't exist" in many Evanstonians that is not attractive and breeds a certain hypocracy. You folks who have messed up, but want to change, embrace the name and gain strength from it.
Kelley Elwood July 16, 2012 at 01:23 AM
How do you tell the teens that frequent that corner to stay out of trouble when you are selling them junk food that mocks criminal behavior? I think Curts Cafe is truly helping people, not using jail lingo to make a buck. The Felony Franks website does not even mention all this good they claim to do.
millie July 16, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Nice menu. Hope they find a place in Evanston soon.
victoria smith July 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM
John Brandmeyer (sp) from WGN, had the owner on his radio show the other morning discussing the possibilities of a location of his Felony Frank's hot dog stand.Yes, Evanston is a location that he is concidering but, if Evanston has their way, it will be a no go. I think what he is doing is highly commendable. Someone has to give these men and women a second chance. Demster and Dodge would be a perfect location. Let's not close our minds because it is not the "norm" for Evanston.
Kelley Elwood July 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I am not faulting his stated mission; it is his marketing ploy I don't like. I met the owner and think he is more interested in making money than helping. I think it is tasteless to mock crime at an intersection that has had problems with it and where the high school kids hang out for lunch.
millie July 16, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Hot dog place with a bowling alley few shops will help that mall.
annie July 16, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Its fine with me. There are a lot of ex offenders in in e-town, skokie, all surrounding areas. The owner won't have any problem staffing Felony Franks. And? if you don't believe me, just drop by the Skokie Courthouse any day of the week. Mornings are the best time, but court usually does run until 3 or 4pm. You would be surprised at how many people you know......! (young and old) And yes, the owner does want to make money, otherwise how does he pay the rent, staff, licenses, taxes, etc?
Kelley Elwood July 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I agree that there are plenty of residents who could staff the restaurant but I think those people deserve to be in an environment that helps them get away from their old life instead of mocking it for profit. There is a lot of potential there; too bad it's just so negative.
millie July 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Good idea Kelley. He changes the name makes it a no profit and City pays him and staff.


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