Swanky Franks shuts its doors
NORWALK — The Original Swanky Franks of Norwalk has closed its doors for good after more than six decades in the dog business.
“Thanks for the memories,” reads a sign hung over the front door of the eatery on Connecticut Avenue opposite Interstate 95 Exit 14.
The move took many by surprise.
The post had hundreds of comments, reactions and shares on Sunday, with people lamenting the loss and sharing memories.
“Bummer, now there will be no place to get a decent hot dog in Norwalk,” wrote one man.
“So many fond memories growing up, my heart breaks with sadness,” wrote another. “My late mother use to take me there as a reward treat.”
The business opened in 1950 and has changed hands a couple of times over the years. The Renzuella family has owned the establishment since 1953, and reopened the restaurant as The Original Swanky Franks of Norwalk in 2008 after temporarily leasing it to someone else.
Traci Satterfield Meriwether, who ran the restaurant, said Sunday the family had planned to put the land up for sale in a few months, but she was injured last week after a fall, forcing the earlier closure.
“It was a very, very difficult decision,” she said. “It came with a lot of tears.”
She said the property would be sold, but that there was no specific buyer or plan for it.
She said enjoyed hearing people talking about their memories of the place.
“That was my favorite part of working there, people come in all the time and talk about their grandparents and how they came in over the years with different family members,” she said.