Andy Farantos Moves G&A Hot Dog Heaven Out of Baltimore

After nearly 100 years at the same location in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, a city with a good Greek dining history, the G&A Restaurant is moving to the suburb of White Marsh.

If you crave one of their famous Coney Island hot dogs – plump franks smothered with yellow mustard, homemade chili sauce, and chopped onions, piled into soft buns – you’ll have to make the trek.

G&A owner Andrew ’Andy’ Farantos serves the dogs rapidly, like an auctioneer taking bids, reported Baltimore magazine about the move for the 55-year-old third-generation overseer of the diner.

He started working there when he was a boy, peeling potatoes and sweeping floors in true Greek-family style of starting at the bottom and learning everything, before taking over the family hot-dog business in 1988.

In the final days before it closed in Baltimore, the restaurant was packed with customers grabbing their dogs.  You can count on Farantos’ banter with your dogs too because he fires the spiel as fast as you can put one of them down your throat like a hot dog eating contest – on Coney Island.


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