Dustin Polage, of Newark, has worked in the food service industry for over 18 years. In June of 2014 he started a new independent venture, Wild Things food cart, specializing in unique hot dogs. One unusual thing about the hot dogs was the grilled wrap in which they were being served. He chose tortilla wraps as a healthier alternative to buns, and they allowed more room for all of the delicious and unique toppings. The WILD THINGS cart started by selling 100% all beef hot dogs, veggie dogs, a variety of specialty hot dog options (all named after songs by the way), and BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches. In addition to normal condiments like mustard, ketchup, and relish, he offered a great selection of other condiments, free toppings, and a great variety of specialty toppings such as sauteed peppers and onions, sauerkraut, coleslaw, bacon, chili and cheese, and many more.
September of 2014, Seraphina's Coffee & Tea Works invited Dustin to share their space to allow his business to continue to operate through the winter months. In January of 2015, WILD THINGS food cart took over the entire space at 34 S. 3rd Street, Newark OH and became WILD THINGS SANDWICH CAFE.
As the business expanded, so did the menu, with the addition of Italian Sausages, Bratwurst, Made from scratch Shredded Chicken Sandwiches and Chicken Salad Sandwiches and more. Some additional side dishes included Housemade Mac & Cheese, Creamy Coleslaw or a unique Sweet Vinegar Coleslaw, and Hashbrowns layered with chili and cheddar cheese.
Since business began WILD THINGS gained quite a following and has taken part in multiple community events, Final Friday events with the Downtown Newark Association, and Customer Appreciation Days for Federal Savings and Loan.
In May of 2016, WILD THINGS SANDWICH CAFE rebranded and changed names to FRANKS & SAMMIES, LLC.
With the Canal Market District opening just south of the sandwich shop and hosting multiple events including Tuesday and Friday Farmers Markets, FRANKS AND SAMMIES has continued to grow and build quite a large following.
The most recent addition to the establishment in January of 2022 was Tap That Glass tap room and full service bar. Proudly offering 17 rotating draft beers (mostly sourced in licking county and surrounding Ohio breweries), TTG has a FULL offering of alcoholic beverages and offers the entire extensive menu from FRANKS AND SAMMIES in addition to some new pub fare.
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