Felony Franks gets sign OK
06/15/2011 10:00 PM
The Chicago City Council and its transportation committee gave the final OK last week for controversial Near West Side hot dog stand Felony Franks to install a sign hanging over the street.
It’s a victory for Felony Franks owner Jim Andrews, who has argued that he needed a sign to attract more business at his restaurant on Western Avenue and Jackson Boulevard. Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) blocked the sign though, in part because he disapproved of the restaurant’s name and the message it sent to the community.
Andrews sued the city and Fioretti in federal court as a result, alleging that his First Amendment right to free speech was being denied, asking the court to force the city to grant him the sign.
Now that Felony Franks has been granted the sign, Andrews’ attorney, Christopher Cooper, said he’s still going to pursue $293,000 in damages from the city.