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Dirty Franks Upset at Downtown Construction

DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- A popular downtown restaurant, Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace, said a city sewer project is taking a bite out of its business.

Some people said they would walk across hot coals to get a hot dog from this restaurant. Owners said that with the construction project outside, it has been almost that difficult.

Crews have been working on the $2.7-million project near Fourth and Town streets since January. City officials said the work is part of a federal mandate to reduce sewer overflow into the river.
"We absolutely understand this is a royal pain," said George Zonders, spokesperson for the Columbus Department of the Public Utilities. "We know it is affecting business terribly."

Facebook and other social media blew up when business owners posted photos about problems they had with the water being shut off, traffic congestion and trucks in the area

Zonders said the department has received complaints about access and parking and scheduled to meet with the business owners Tuesday.

"We want to be as proactive as possible," he said.

The city said it had warned the businesses in the area around the holidays that hassles were on the way.

"There is nothing we can do that can completely reduce the impact to businesses," Zonders said. "We apologize for that."

Weather permitting, the city expects to wrap up the construction by the end of February.

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