Report: Felony Franks May Close

Owner says business has been bad

Its name gave it notoriety around the world, but Felony Franks on Chicago's West Side may have to shut down.

Jim Andrews, the owner of the criminally-themed hotdog stand at 229 S. Western, tells the Sun-Times that business is declining and he's having problems with a nearby liquor store.

Andrews took his theme seriously. Since 2009, he's hired more than a dozen ex-cons to help them get a second start in life, beginning at Felony Franks. Manager Brian Smiley is one of them. Smiley says he doesn't know what he'll do if the restaurant closes its doors, but he's grateful for the opportunity to work there.

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