New Restaurant to Open at Old Frankies

Naugatuck resident Jimmy Ayash said he plans on opening a quality fast food restaurant that will also feature wraps, salads and soups.

An old fast food restaurant on Rubber Avenue that’s been vacant for nearly three years will soon breathe new life.

Naugatuck resident Jimmy Ayash said he plans on opening a new restaurant at the former Frankies, located at 664 Rubber Ave. The new business, which he said will be called “Ayash-Man,” will offer fast, fresh food, in an atmosphere that is a bit higher quality than a regular fast food joint, Ayash said.

“We’re emphasizing value, but we’re giving them a healthy choice that is quick,” Ayash said. “I want this to be a place that Naugatuck can really be proud of.”

The menu will include fresh items such as soups, salads and wraps as well as the regular fare of Philly cheese steaks, hot dogs and hamburgers.

“The rest is a surprise,” Ayash said. “People who like surprises are going to love this place.”

The Rubber Avenue business has been vacant and overgrown since Frankies shuttered its doors in 2009. Since then, the property has been left untouched. Even the chairs could be seen inside still stacked on top of the tables. But, in recent weeks, Ayash has been spending time renovating the space, something he said plans on doing until it opens.

In deciding on opening a new restaurant, Ayash emphasized that he wanted to have it be in Naugatuck. He said he chose the former Frankie’s to open his business because of its location, parking and because it is comfortable.

Since the location was already an established eatery before, the said there was no need to submit a special permit application. The business has gotten all the necessary requirements through the land use process, the office said.

Ayash said he’s hoping to open Ayash-Man on April 1, although he’ll have a firm date later on.

“I could open it sooner, but I want to make sure everything is exactly how I want it to be,” he said.

Ayash was a former mayoral candidate in Waterbury in 2003. He operates a store at the mall in Meriden, called Made by Hand, which he said he will close so he can focus on the Naugatuck business.

Craig Zac January 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Im sure the food here will be great, bad cooks dont usually open food joints... Ill try it when I go through Naughy, i know right where it is, although I dont get to Naughhy much I admit. Will it be open for Breakfast??
flori mraz April 06, 2012 at 03:00 AM
your so right he can call it whatever he likes,,, there used to be a place in bpt called pp's, but unlike ayash man thier food was terrible... my husband went there two days ago.. and then we went back today again,,the food is excellent most important.remember it a new place give them the time they need to get over the little bumps and mishaps...i know our family will be there quite offen..good luck ..im sooo happy i live right around the corner..again the best to you ayash-man..see you soon
Kissfan73 November 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The curse of Rubber Avenue strikes again! Ayash-Man restaurant is listed for sale by Showcase Realty after being open for only 6 months. Ouch!
Craig Zac November 13, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Well that was almost as fast as the opening / closing of "Hungry Howies" Pizza on the Post road in Milford...lol Maybe that spot is just not a good place for a diner? Is the parking bad? maybe the traffic turns people off?
Grumpy Guy November 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM
The parking lot can stand a do-over but that fact alone wont deter me from trying a place. The Rubber Ave traffic is both a blessing and a curse. Its good because more people see the place but on the downside it makes it a project to get out of the lot, especially if you want to go left toward Stop & Shop and Field St. Because you're so close to the light for the S&S plaza, traffic coming up Rubber Ave from the direction of NHS can get backed up and keep you locked into the lot. I remember that happened to my family a few times when we went to Frankies.


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