DINING | Uncle Franky’s brings Chicago dogs, burgers, and more to Dinkytown


Try asking for ketchup on your hot dog in Chicago, and most places will ask you to leave. So when a family of Chicago natives decided to open a restaurant in Minnesota, they knew they’d have to adjust that policy.

“If somebody asks for it, we’ll give them a little grief and usually try to talk them out of it,” said an Uncle Franky’s employee who asked that we not use his name. “Then I’ll hand them a ketchup packet and ask them to do it outside.”

Since the opening of their first restaurant in Plymouth, Uncle Franky’s has opened two other locations in the state, including their newest at 1316 SE Fourth St. in Dinkytown, which opened in early November.

Although the restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, the employee said they’re best known for their Chicago-style specialties: the Chicago dog, Italian beef sandwiches and a hamburger that’s “second to none.”

The store currently opens daily at 11 a.m., but owners Norb and Mary Domek were still experimenting with their business hours at press time. For the time being, they close Sunday–Wednesday at 10 p.m., Thursday at midnight and Friday and Saturday at 2 or 3 a.m. — depending on what’s going on.

In addition to their Plymouth and Dinkytown restaurants, Uncle Franky’s has two satellite hot dog stands in regional Home Depot locations — one in northeast Minneapolis and one in Plymouth.