Being a lifelong resident of the dirty Waterbury, it always makes me smile when I see a local business expand like the big guys. I’ve loved Nardelli’s grinders throughout my life, and when they opened up on Newtown Road, it was great turning people on to the Naugy legend. So, here I go again--

Frankies Restaurant, "The Gourmet of Fast Food" is expanding their empire with a Brookfield location in the Brookfield Square Shopping Plaza at 270 Federal Road. We just took a ride out to the location, and it looks like they just got started on the build-out. The restaurant is slated to be up and running in October, according to Frankies official Facebook page

Frankies is going to be located in the end unit, which was formerly occupied by El Coyote, right next to Dunkin.

This will be the first Frankies in Western Ct. Frankies currently has 3 locations in Waterbury, 1 in Naugatuck, 1 in the Meriden Mall, and also Plainville and West Haven.

If you're not familiar with their cuisine, you are. It's very traditional: gourmet footlong hot dogs, topped with numerous toppings are their mainstay. They also offer burgers, fries, chicken and steak sandwiches, fried mushrooms and their famous fried cheese cubes. Seafood specialties like Whole Belly Clams and fried Scallops, Shrimp, Calamari, and a classic Lobster Roll are all magnificent.

Everything is reasonably priced too, for the same $20 you'd spend on a mediocre entree at a stank chain restaurant, you'd get a full meal, sides, and a drink at Frankies. Plus, you'd still have enough cash leftover to get an ice cream cone.

TRUST ME, Greater Danbury. I wouldn't lead your stomach astray.