Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Spike's Junkyard Dogs In Las Vegas?

Providence, R.I. — Spike's Junkyard Dogs, which got its start in Providence on Thayer Street, has been recognized by AOL City Guide as one of the best hot dog restaurants in the nation. Besides serving the best hot dogs anywhere, it has long been raved about in New England as a community partner and icon.

There's even a bit of a buzz back East because Linda and Bob Andreoli plan to sell their Spike’s Junkyard Dogs franchise on Branch Avenue in Providence and move to Las Vegas, where they want open the first Spike’s out West that would cater to gamblers and tourists. The Andreolis opened the first franchise of Spike’s, the hot dog concept restaurant originated by David Drake, the New Jersey transplant and self-named Top Dog of the company.

Drake said that, typically, a franchise costs $25,000 and the location, build out and other costs run $200,000 to $250,000.

The original Spike’s is on Thayer Street in Providence. Others have opened in Cranston, Smithfield, Warwick, Coventry and the University of Rhode Island campus. Out-of-state locations include three in Boston and one on the U.S. Navy base in Groton, Conn. With luck, their presence could increase local restaurants to be more community minded, assuming they make the move.

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