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Restaurant, food truck to shut down after 3-year run

Frankly Sausages will end its run as a food truck and restaurant.
Credit: Frankly on Cherokee
Frankly Sausages will be back this summer under new ownership.

Frankly Sausages on Cherokee Street will close its doors Saturday after two and a half years in the space. The concept started in late 2015 as a food truck, which owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon also are selling.

Local food truck favorite Farmtruk STL, from chef and owner Samantha Mitchell, will take over food service at Brick River Cider in Downtown West. "I think Samantha's focus on fresh, local and free-range food offering is a great fit for us and our brand, and we're excited about the partnership," Russ John, owner and operator of Brick River, said.

"Despite giving it our very best efforts, we simply couldn't make the location work for our concept, so we will be serving our last dinner this Saturday," the owners said in a post on the Frankly Sausages website. "Please help us say goodbye by allowing us to do our favorite thing, serving you a great meal."

Nerves were high for Loryn and Edo Nalic in the days leading up to the opening of their first restaurant, Balkan Treat Box. Three years after launching their acclaimed food truck that serves classic Balkan food, some with American twists, the husband-and-wife duo decided to leverage the success of their concept and open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

In addition to closing the restaurant space, the Cawthons are selling their food truck, their brand and all future bookings, the post said. This includes:

  • 1999 Chevy Freightliner with a new refurbished engine and a new transmission
  • Hot line and hood, a prep table and a fully outfitted kitchen
  • "Frankly Sausages" brand, recipes, bookings, and website
  • Fully licensed for the city of St. Louis

"While focusing much of our energy on trying to make a successful run of our brick and mortar business, we have not been able to fully optimize the food truck business for Frankly, which we believe a dedicated, excited operator could come in and have a successful run," the post said.

Chelsea Coughlin is opening her own concept of a fast-casual breakfast, brunch and tapas restaurant in Edwardsville this week. "The Obar food concept is taking the excess bread away from tasty and healthy food choices for people," Coughlin said. Obar is slated to open Saturday at 1516 Troy Road, Unit B, in the Montclaire Shopping Center.

The owners are listing the food truck and all of its assets for $40,000.