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Felony Franks Looks At Moving To Evanston

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jul 13, 2012 2:45PM

2012_7_13_felony_franks.jpg The story of Felony Franks may be on the verge of a reboot. The Tribune reported Thursday that the beleaguered hot dog stand that made a point of trying to give ex-cons a second chance while also using the caged life as a marketing tool, was considering a move to Evanston.

Owner Jim Andrews was supposed to meet with residents of Evanston's 2nd Ward Thursday night to discuss the plans and gauge support and opposition to having felony Franks in their part of the northern suburb. Felony Franks managed to survive three years on the West side serving dishes like "Misdemeanor Wieners" despite considerable opposition to the way Andrews marketed the business.

For what it's worth, Andrews is sticking to his guns and insisting he's not changing the name of the business, wherever it eventually finds a home.

“Why would we change it?” he said. “If we called it John’s Hot Dogs, what would it say? It wouldn’t mean a thing. Those people that we do offend, if they take it as an offensive gesture, those people would need to come and see the type of operation that we’re doing there. What they’re doing is they’re prejudging. And that’s not a good thing to prejudge something.”