In the Merrimack Valley: “Dawg House” Opens at Lawton’s Former Site

 The bun’s the thing!

As we’ve mentioned before the proprietor of the well-known Lawton’s Famous Frankfruter establishment on the banks of a Lawrence canal has decamped with the historic secret recipe with plans to open in another spot in the neighborhood. (See original post here) The current property owner planned to reopen the venerable site with another hot dog offering and more…  using the name Lawrence Famous Frank’s. A war of words followed his announcement – with Lawrencians and other denizens of the old Lawton’s taking sides. According to today’s Eagle Tribune, the site – newly refurbished – had its soft opening under the name Lawrence Dog Haus & Grille. The grand opening is planned for next week.

The new owner of the corner stand, Glen Vetreno of GKK Concessions of Salem, N.H., didn’t want to speak about the soft opening going on this week, saying he and his staff were training employees and working out any kinks with the new equipment.

He said a grand opening is planned for Wednesday during which he hopes to talk about his vision for the historic diner.

He also didn’t want to talk about the convoluted recent history of the diner, including the fact that he changed the name from ‘Lawrence Famous Frankfurters’ to appease the former owner, who hopes to build and open a new ‘Lawton’s Famous Frankfurters’ at the corner of South Union and Jamaica streets sometime in the future.

Since it seems there is always room for a good hot dog place  in Lawrence and elsewhere in the Merrimack Valley (don’t miss Elliott’s Hot Dog in Lowell), hot dog lovers can continue the argument about the best dog in Lawrence and beyond.

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