Why Franky Junes you Ask?
Franky? Well, he’s just a hotdog. You see, back in the day we used to call hotdogs “frankfurters or franks”, hence the Franky part.
And June? Well the beloved Irene “June” Uzzell, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was a loving, witty and compassionate woman who unexpectantly passed away in 2002 leaving behind three sons and a daughter (Karen, my wife and Weeny Wagon partner).
“June”, as in Red Door June and Franky Junes, is simply our way of honoring her, and to thank her for what she meant to us.
After retiring from the Navy in 2008, we moved to Opelika (Rick’s hometown) from California and opened Red Door June, a bistro/coffee shop/floral company in historic downtown Opelika. Even though we weren’t able to survive the effects of the ’08 financial crisis, and closed in 2010, there was a silver lining; we formed so many relationships with the great people of our fair city.
In 2021 we decided to open Franky Junes to introduce a different spin on the current hotdog scene and to boost the food truck presence in our fair city – but our primary goal was to reunite with our friends and hopefully make new ones over a fine hotdog and tots.
Why hotdogs? That’s easy. They’re a universal food item that most everyone loves to eat.
In our travels around the world, we learned that first-hand. No matter where you go, everyone has their favorite version of a hotdog.
With Franky Junes, we want to help you find your new favorite, one bite at a time!
Come check out the Weeny Wagon, we look forward to meeting you soon!