Saturday, April 25, 2009

Nothing Better to Do

  • Call off the dogs. Or rather, the Felony Franks.

    Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) is more than a weenie bit mad over the name and logo of a new hot dog stand that will be opening in his ward in a few weeks.

    Fioretti said he fully supports Felony Franks’ mission of providing ex-convicts with jobs, but he thinks the moniker and paintings outside the West Side eatery of googly-eyed hot dogs behind bars are in bad taste.

    “This, no matter what anybody says, is not that cute of an idea. It’s a great concept for ex-offenders, but it’s a poor theme for a restaurant,” Fioretti said, emphasizing that the business’ slogans, “Food so good, it’s criminal” and “Home of the misdemeanor wiener” only glamorize criminal behavior.

Once again, let the market determine what works. If people like the advertising and the hot dogs, then "Felony Franks" will sell a million of them and the city will rake in tax revenue and maybe a few felons leaning toward recidivism won't go down that path where they are a drain on society. But an aldercreature actively working against a new business in his ward? Has anyone noticed the city unemployment rate hit a new high this week? Something on the order of almost 10%.

Even a minimum wage job is a job. And it's someone off the streets working instead of going through garages and homes looking for money.

UPDATE: Spelling corrected

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51 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Even bad publicity is good publicity.

2. The nanny state is obviously still alive and kicking.

3. Pay cash if you patronize the place. I'm all for rehabilitation, but don't put your charge card info in their hands.

4/25/2009 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this place doesn't open, where will all of our ex-governors work??

4/25/2009 01:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they're as good as Johnny's Red Hots I'm there!

4/25/2009 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. The best name? Perhaps not. Employing people who need a job, a good thing. If the product they are selling is good, better for everyone.

The alderman, why does he want to take that stance? Come on. In this environment, you think that you would welcome a business person who is making an investment in your community.

4/25/2009 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fioretti is a liberal stroke. I wish I would have voted for Haithcock.

4/25/2009 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me Fioretti is just jealous.

After all more than a few ex aldercreatures could work there.

4/25/2009 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“This, no matter what anybody says, is not that cute of an idea. It’s a great concept for ex-offenders, but it’s a poor theme for a restaurant,” Fioretti said, emphasizing that the business’ slogans, “Food so good, it’s criminal” and “Home of the misdemeanor wiener” only glamorize criminal behavior.


Glamorize criminal behavior??? Isn't that EVERY hip-hop or rap song out there? Why isn't he protesting snoop-dog?

4/25/2009 03:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about

DOUBLE DICK DOGS

"Twice The Taxes, Means You Got Dick for a Dog!"

4/25/2009 04:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe you meant " city UNemployment rate."

4/25/2009 04:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Fioretti is concerned that his position as "aldercreature" may cause him to be employed there at some future date ?? ;-)

I'm sure "felony Franks' will do very well. The previous occupant operated a ptomaine parlor. Just looking at it made you sick..

Good luck to Felony Franks' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4/25/2009 04:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh puhleeeeeze!

What about CAPONIE'S and all the other restaurants/bars/theaters/bus tours that capitalize on Chicago's criminal/corrupt reputation?

The city has made millions, not to mention they don't mind collecting taxes from these businesses.

WHAT ABOUT OUR CONTRACT YOU ALDERSHITS????

FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANT THINGS, NOT BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!

I hope the owner doesn't cave and makes a ton of money.

4/25/2009 05:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it.

Some copper should develop the relationship with that owner and convince him to let the police run name checks on the employees from time to time. That could be a good source for warrant arrests.

Just don't ask for mayonnaise on your hot dog.

4/25/2009 06:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will they serve beer. jody

4/25/2009 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fioretti is already running for mayor.

4/25/2009 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every stupid idea that is floating around city hall is supported by Fioretti. This guy is a goofball to the max.

Who is more tan?

Fioretti or Camden?

It's too close to call.

4/25/2009 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The alderman should have been upset at the selling of the parking meters, but we had a majority of them vote to approve the sale. They honestly have nothing better to do.

4/25/2009 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't the owner of felony franks just give fioretti a bag of money to shut the f*#k up . Isn't that how things work with the alderman.

4/25/2009 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like the mayor is nesting his retirement job location

4/25/2009 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tommyguns???

4/25/2009 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does this mean that they are going to rename the illinois tollways "felony freeways"---

4/25/2009 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they be giving the po po a play?

4/25/2009 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No forks or knives. The only utensils they will have are shanks!

4/25/2009 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... Just don't ask for mayonnaise on your hot dog.
4/25/2009 06:19:00 AM


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Don't laugh, I actually saw an
50ish F/1 order mayo on a fully loaded hot dog in a stand on Western Avenue.

It made me ill and I have a cast iron stomach.

4/25/2009 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope to be served buy you know who one day!

4/25/2009 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This alderman is friends with the owner and just got a ton of FREE publicity for him. All the newspapers got scamed by these two clowns. It's not going to go anywhere, this place will open up and make a mint. On the wallets of the LIBERAL JACKASSES that vote the demogods. SUCKERS!!!!!!!!!

4/25/2009 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember him complaining when the food had gang names like the Vice Lord Burger. I forgot the exact names but they were all gang related. That was when 340, 2450, 320/330 and the rest of the human dumping ground was up and rolling. I miss my suburban friends that would come in and provide me with 3 hours of entertainment at Branch42.

4/25/2009 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the hot dog stand were in 020 they would have at least a passing chance at being burglarized by some wagon guys answering a burglar alarm. Why not have real bona-fide felons there? At least you would know who the felons were: the employees.

In the City Council the felons wear suits and ties and make grand pronouncements and harrumphs and pretend to have honor and dignity.

In the last aldermanic election there were four candidates who were convicted of felony public corruption charges running to get their old jobs back. In another past election an alderman was actually in jail when he ran for re-election!

Even Hyde Park liberal do-gooder former Alderman Larry Bloom got himself caught on tape taking some money and went to the Federal slammer!

In the past 25 years at least 26 Chicago Aldermen have been convicted of felonies. To say nothing of Daley cronies, underlings, department heads and Hired Truck individuals. (which Daley knew nothing about!)

And let's not forget Silver Shovel, Greylord and all the other ongoing investigations into the Continuing Criminal Enterprise that is Chicago City government.

Then there is the ongoing federal investigation into Mayor Daley's nephew Robert Vanecko and the mayor's son, Patrick Daley and how they became hidden investors in a company that took over the city's sewer-inspection contracts.

The young Vanecko and Daley recently retained the services of criminal defense attorneys, a time honored City of Chicago tradition. Perhaps paid for, at least in part, with money received from the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund.

Now isn't that poetic in it's irony?

Compared with Chicago city government, Felony Franks seems the most honest and straightforward of the bunch.

4/25/2009 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Ald. Bob Fioretti doesn't like what he sees, he should look the away from the building when he's passing it. I don't care if a place is called Shit on a Stick, if it has good food I'll eat there.

Maybe what's really behind all this is that Ald. Bob Fioretti didn't get to stick his fingers into the business or feels he's not going to get a kick back from the profits. The "old chicago way". Just a thought.

4/25/2009 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't ask for a police discount.

4/25/2009 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Chuck D said...

If it was owned and operated by some guy that dressed up like a "hip hop artist" and he was not white there would not be any uproar, and when you are on the south side I HIGHLY recommend Dillinger's in Cal Park on 127th great food with a John Dillinger mini and I mean mini museum, speaking of crime names

4/25/2009 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous old six shooter said...

To the alderman; get a life dude.

4/25/2009 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's do the math:

Oak Park resident plus felon(s)equal ??????

4/25/2009 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I like it.

Some copper should develop the relationship with that owner and convince him to let the police run name checks on the employees from time to time. That could be a good source for warrant arrests.

Just don't ask for mayonnaise on your hot dog.

4/25/2009 06:19:00 AM

Just never go there,would end up like 111th burrito station with shit on your hot dog! Fuck the owner,look for tickets screw that business,make sure health dept inspects keep calling on this jagoff!

4/25/2009 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they serve a VICE LORD burger like the old WESTERN SUB did......mmmm...cant wait for that place to
open up!


ERNEST BROWN

4/25/2009 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Chicago Hot Dog said...

Mayonnaise??????

Where are you from? Tennessee!!!


The Barbarians are at the gate and have breached the walls!!!!!!

We are lost... Doom approaches....

4/25/2009 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hot Dog stand with the best name is the one on North Western by the el tracks...............

Chubby Weiners

4/25/2009 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger Too Many Dummies said...

The city is facing a number of problems. Aldercreatures should not be involved in the naming of a private business. "Felony Franks?" Food prepared by ex-cons? I know I won't be going in there in uniform, police discount or not!

4/25/2009 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, many of the residents will feel right at home at Felony Franks! Maybe the owner will have Court TV on in there.

If the alderjerkoff doesn't like it, why doesn't he try to convince Dick "I won't pay YOU that reward" Portillo to open a hot dog stand there. The motto could be: Why get Dicked once when you can get Dicked twice?

4/25/2009 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger Too Many Dummies said...

The swine-flu is the work of the "Architects of Fear"!

4/25/2009 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did Grandstand sports on 35/wallace by the cell in bridgeport get to lease the old 009 parking lot... at no cost?!? And yet the city continues to cry broke!

4/25/2009 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lower my taxes asshole. I'll decide where and what to eat.

4/25/2009 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Once again, let the market determine what works. If people like the advertising and the hot dogs, then "Felony Franks" will sell a million of them and the city will rake in tax revenue and maybe a few felons leaning toward recidivism won't go down that path where they are a drain on society."

Well said SCC! While I would never eat there and believe the name is glorifying criminal activity, the market will ultimately put them out of business and/or theft from the till will bankrupt the owner.

4/25/2009 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the problems in your ward, this is the problem you focus on?

Dummy!

4/25/2009 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

felony frank should give freebies to Police then it would be really popular

4/25/2009 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

felony frank should give freebies to Police then it would be really popular

4/25/2009 07:43:00 PM
________________
WE will know better than to patronize the place, but you civilians can feel free to.

4/26/2009 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they give cops a discount?

4/26/2009 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are going to accept LINK cards?

4/26/2009 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fioretti isn't "a weenie bit mad".

Fioretti is, simply, "a weenie".

4/27/2009 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were going to call the place ...

Falacio Franks.


The speciality, hot dogs without buns, just suck out the filling.

4/27/2009 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember what those two idiots did at that Domino's Pizza and posted it on You-Tube.

If I were the Domino's Corperation, I would sue those two for $10 Milllion each. So they don't have it, that's not the point.

Get a judgement and have 25% of their wages garnered for the rest of their lives to go to a charity.

The lesson, fuck with people's food, or the image of what people eat and you will be fucked for life.

4/27/2009 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're silly to legislate, but you're even more ridiculous by mentioning unemployment. A hotdog restaurant doesn't raise employment in the city. If it succeeds, it just means another restaurant nearby won't do as much business, and they'll hire fewer people. It's not like people are going to leave the suburbs and come to Jackson and Western to have a hot dog.

4/29/2009 12:22:00 AM  

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