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Frank's hot dog empire suffers with closing of San Antonio restaurant

Frank's hot dog empire suffers with closing of San Antonio restaurant

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Popular hot dog restaurant Frank has said goodbye to San Antonio. Photo by Andrew Yates

Even in a red-hot restaurant scene like San Antonio’s, there are bound to be a few casualties along the way. Such was the case on January 22, when Austin-based Frank announced via Instagram that it was abruptly shuttering after less than two years in business.

Frank opened its Alamo City outpost in March 2016 in a renovated historic church in Southtown, serving the same sort of casual fare that made it wildly popular here in Austin. Indeed, the menu of artisan sausages and hot dogs, and a boozy brunch featuring over-the-top drinks like the Red Headed Stranger Bloody Mary, initially drew large crowds.

Recently, Frank has been busy completing several projects in the Austin area, including taking over the food and beverage program at Scholz Garten, a favorite haunt of Texas Democrat lawmakers, and opening a new location on Guadalupe Street across from the University of Texas at Austin campus. The Instagram post implied that the company was beginning to be stretched thin.

“We will be moving forward to focus and fully realize our other collective business ventures and individual projects,” the restaurant posted. Frank went on to thank several of its neighbors and the King William Association and encouraged its former patrons to keep supporting local businesses.

All three Austin outposts will remain open. The restaurant did not indicate any plans to return to the San Antonio market.