Frankie Dumont in front of the former Chicago Cafe restaurant, soon to become a Lou Dawgs. (Rocco Frangione, MyNorthBayNow.com staff)
It’s been empty for a while but the Chicago Café is being transformed into a franchise restaurant.
The former restaurant will soon become a Lou Dawgs outlet, known for its Southern Barbeque-style foods.
General Manager Frankie Dumont says renovations are now underway at the downtown location and the goal is to open sometime in October.
Dumont says the existing building is in such good shape that not much work is required to turn it into a Lou Dawgs outlet.
The interior will have a rustic look similar to other Lou Dawgs restaurants.
“You’ll notice that cottage feel, there’ll be a lot of accents and eclectic art,” Dumont said.
Dumont adds the renovations will also pay homage to the Chicago Café with a section portraying a Chicago theme.
The exterior of the building will see two garage doors added to each side of the front door that open to a patio next year.
The back door of the building that overlooks Oak Street will serve as the take-out section.
The North Bay opening is the first Lou Dawgs for Northern Ontario.
Franchises currently exist in Hamilton, Kitchener and London.
Dumont says the hope is more outlets can open in Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Barrie.
Dumont says the hiring process should begin sometime in September and Lou Dawgs will need full and part-time employees.
The number would range from 10 to 20 people depending on how…