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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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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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