As ‘Frankfurters’ hot dog stand comes to town, ‘Tacos y Tequila’ restaurant gears up for mid-fall opening

Frankfurters offers specialties like “Joan” and “Dirty Water” dogs, and Tacos y Tequila aims to sell all types of tequila available in New Hampshire.

by Jacob Strier | 13 minutes ago

Frankfurters has worked with Greek campus organizations in the past, and Tacos y Tequila has also expressed interest in hosting functions on campus as soon as it opens.

At the end of the summer, Frankfurters – a new hot dog stand on the corner of Wheelock Street and Main Street – announces a successful first season of business. Meanwhile, just down the road, “Tacos y Tequila” – a new Mexican restaurant – is preparing to open on the site. formerly occupied by Skinny Pancake this fall.

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Frankfurters opened in June 2021, according to co-owner Molly Hopkins. The stand sells 15-20 hot dogs a day, as well as fresh lemonade and cold drinks.

She said the cart offers specialty hot dogs like “Joan,” inspired by Hopkins’ late grandmother who operated a hot dog cart for ferry passengers in Maine. As a child, Hopkins said she helped her grandmother run the booth during the summer.

According to Hopkins, one of the most popular items at the booth is the “Dirty Water Dog” – a brainchild of Frankfurters co-owner and her fiance Joel Cockburn. The item is named after the method it uses to cook the hot dog.

“He cooks hot dogs in water seasoned with onions, garlic and delicious seasonings,” Hopkins said. “It adds a kick but it’s not overwhelming; many people turn to the “dirty water” dog.

Hanover City Clerk Donna Stender said sellers like Hopkins and Cockburn pay $ 15 a day to sell in Hanover and must provide proof of business insurance. She added that the Frankfurters must confirm that their regular seat is open and complete and post the appropriate paperwork each morning.

Cockburn said he hopes the stand will remain open until the end of October before returning in the spring. He added that he had “always had a passion for cooking” and that he and Hopkins hoped to grow their business over time from a cart to a storefront restaurant.

Hopkins said the cart provided him with an outlet to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and helped bring his family closer together.

“I had medical issues that prevented me from working or driving, and I was stuck at home during the pandemic,” Hopkins said. “This [cart is] a great way to interact with people, earn money and save my sanity.

Hopkins said her daughter and Joel’s son are involved in the business and together they spend family time outside at the booth – without “screens or video games.”

“Joel has a son who takes care of the cash register and my daughter – who is eight years old – makes lemonade,” she said.

Cockburn said Frankfurters worked with West House and several Greek organizations to bring fresh hot dogs to their events.

Bones Gate member Jackson Elder ’23 said Hopkins asked him about possible evenings on campus where the Frankfurters could settle. During a concert in early August, Elder explained that BG had worked with cart owners to accommodate them outside of the fellowship, noting that the fellowship members even helped move the Frankfurters cart to their home for the evening.

“It seemed great to them from a business standpoint, as there is always a line of people waiting to enter. [to our concerts], “he said. According to Elder, the booth night at BG was a success.

“It was a big success – they sold a lot of hot dogs,” he said.

Tacos and tequila

Down the street, Tacos y Tequila restaurateur and owner Ramiro Bravo is preparing the Mexican restaurant and bar for a mid-fall opening in the former Skinny Pancake location.

Bravo said the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Tacos y Tequila will open at 10 a.m. and will offer a brunch in addition to its usual menu, available until 9 p.m.

Bravo said his first restaurant was near Clemson University, so he’s “familiar” with college campuses and would be open to hosting private events.

“We will be available for [private] works as long as it doesn’t disrupt meal times, ”he said.

Bravo currently has six restaurants, including three other Tacos y Tequila locations in Pennsylvania and Maine. During his career, Bravo said he owned 15 different restaurants.

A self-proclaimed tequila connoisseur with family roots in Jalisco, Mexico, Bravo said Tacos y Tequila will offer “fine, relaxed cuisine” with quality ingredients and authentic recipes. In addition, he plans to offer all types of tequila available in the state of New Hampshire.

“If there are 150 tequilas in New Hampshire, we’ll have 150 tequilas,” he said.

Specialty drinks will include “cantarito,” said Bravo, which includes tequila, citrus juices and Squirt, a brand of grapefruit soda.

Allentown, Pa., General manager of Tacos y Tequila, Breandon Velazquez, said the company is working with suppliers in every region to order specialty tequilas and provide the state’s best selection of spirits.

Currently, Velazquez has said he is helping Bravo set up the Hanover site by setting up tables, painting and building furniture.

“We are trying to put everything in place as quickly as possible,” he said.

Bravo said there is currently an “extreme” level of disruption in restaurant supply chains, noting that kitchen equipment – which once took two or three weeks to come – now takes up to two months to complete. to arrive. Bravo said it had already found a general manager and senior kitchen staff for the Hanover site, but had yet to start recruiting support staff, including waiters.

“I heard about the labor shortage [in the Upper Valley] – hope we don’t encounter that, ”he said, adding that Tacos y Tequila will use social media and window advertising to find staff.

Bravo said it has been easy to work with the City of Hanover during the opening process so far. He said Tacos y Tequila hopes to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for Mexican food and tequila “experiences” and will offer both a digital app and an online ordering system once the business opens.

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