And the Wiener Is… not hot dogs in Wichita

Brad Standing just after And the Wiener Is relocated and opened in the summer of 2010

Moments ago, I confirmed what a disconnected telephone number and several panicked Facebook wall postings suggested: And the Wiener Is is no more.

The building at 2322 E. Douglas, where the restaurant has operated since June of 2010, is completely empty, and there’s a “for lease” sign in the window.

Buddies Brad Standing and Kody Allen opened the hot dog restaurant in May 2009. The restaurant, which changed locations once and names three times. (It’s also been known as Let’s Be Frank and Get Franked), helped spark a hot dog trend in Wichita that resulted over the next few years in a slew of new hot dog themed restaurants, including the now-closed Linkhaus and Brats N Hots.  

A few hot dog restaurants are still in business around Wichita, including The Dog House Carryout at 707 N Mount Carmel St.,  but it looks like the end of the trend may have arrived.

Question of the week: Do you eat dogs out?

First, all the hot dog restaurants opened. Now, a few of them are closing, including Linkhaus earlier this year. Now, there’s news that Brats N Hots will close on Saturday.

The hot dog restaurant boom has always sort of baffled me. I love dogs and brats, but I can’t imagine ordering them in a restaurant. (Maybe that’s part of the problem here.)

This week’s question: Do you ever order hotdogs and brats in restaurants when you’re not ordering them for your kids? If so, where’s your favorite place to eat dogs out?

Answer in the comments section below.

Brats N Hots will close on Saturday

Brats N Hots, the hot dog-themed restaurant that opened earlier this year at 601 S. Greenwich, will close at the end of business on Saturday.

Owners sent out this e-mail to customers this morning.

Brats N Hots is one of many hot-dog themed restaurants that have opened over the past several years, including And the Wiener Is, Dog House Carryout, Bierocks, Brats N’ BBQ, Relish This, and more. Hot dog restaurant Linkhaus closed earlier this year.