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.

U Grill should open Wednesday

The soon-to-open U Grill.

U Grill is a new restaurant scheduled for a soft opening** Wednesday in the former Linkhaus space at 7817 E. 37th St. N.

The restaurant, owned by recently relocated Oklahoma lawyer Will Clark, will include a Mongolian Grill, where patrons load up a bowl of meats, veggies and sauces and watch as the concoction is cooked. It’ll also serve Philly cheese steaks sandwiches, burgers, brats and hot dogs. Patrons who order those will be given a smaller bowl and can fill them up with whatever toppings they’d like for their sandwiches.

The big draw, Clark said: Everything will be under $7.

Dining room hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. A drive-through will be open  until midnight Sundays through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-425-5730.

By the way, a **soft opening means that the restaurant is getting its bearings, training staff to work with real people and seeing how the flow goes. So if you go, bring patience and a forgiving attitude.

Restaurant comings and goings and etc.

Leave town for a week and the whole restaurant scene goes nuts. Carrie was very busy last week reporting all sorts of restaurant shenanigans. Here’s a quick roundup for you:

Uptown Bistro is closing on Saturday. This makes me sad because it was once made a killer steak frites, and the space is so pretty. Maybe something else fabulous will fill that space someday.

Burger Barn is for sale, as is evidenced by the sign posted in front of the restaurant. Owners have some family health problems to attend to.

Linkhaus is making some changes, the most notable of which is that it plans to move to a more affordable strip center location. In the meantime, it’s lowering prices starting on Saturday.

A new Little Caesars is coming to 35th and Woodlawn.

Everybody’s Family Restaurant, owned by Fat Ernie and Co., has just opened in the former Brownstone Grill space at 3105 E. Harry.

Whew. Now I’m hungry.

Hot diggity dog day

linkhausdogDo you realize that at this very moment you have LESS THAN 24 HOURS to prepare for National Hot Dog Day?

Don’t panic. There’s still time to map out a strategy for tomorrow. I have a few suggestions for how you might choose to celebrate the frankest of holidays

You could go to Linkhaus, the new hot dog restaurant and bar at 7817 E. 37th St. N. They’ll have hot dogs on special all day — $1 for regular dogs and $2 for quarter-pounders.

You also could visit Dog House Carryout, a little to-go hot dog place at 707 N. Mount Carmel, that’s getting a lot of buzz from local wiener aficionados who seem to especially like its Cincinnati dog.

There’s also Let’s Be Frank Get Franked And The Wiener Is, a restaurant that’s undergone more name and location changes than can be counted in the time we have here. It’s now open at 2322 E. Douglas, selling all the dogs that made it famous.

Or you could participate in one of my favorite hot dog traditions — driving into the nearest Sonic and demanding a chili cheese dog with all the fixins.

Any other dog suggestions out there?

A valid question

Why ask why?

Why ask why?

Linkhaus is a new hot dog restaurant at 7817 E. 37th St. N., and it clearly has a sense of humor. This is one of the restaurant’s new billboards, which you can see in person at 37th and Oliver (near Koch).