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.

Marcia Puc January 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Go Jimmy!! This guy is so motivated and a go-getter - if anyone can make a success of this place, it's Ayash-Man. Wishing you and your family much success. So glad to see a vacant building being used again. I hope you're going to incorporate a yummy Middle-Eastern twist into the menu :) And, yes, would love to know what's up with that eye-sore vacant diner???
Casey Callahan Zutant January 14, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Sounds good! .....but I do agree on the name! Just doesn't flow right! Wish him luck!
Snoopy January 14, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Ayash, best wishes always in your new venture.
SILENT WOLF January 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Ayash, I being in bussiness myself, and with all due respect , you should reconcider the name you chose. Although it maybe be your name sometimes it dosen't connect with bussiness all that good.I would suggest for you to get some close friends and family and perhaps you can get a catchy name one that people can relate to .Don't take it the wrong way i'm sure people want you to suceed as I do. GOOD LUCK to your new bussiness
Andrew Santamauro January 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Personally I'm just going to go and check it out. It sounds like something new and different for Naugatuck. Who cares if he uses his last name? All that really matters is if the food, service and atmosphere are good and appealing.
Snoopy January 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Does anyone know status of closed A & P store?
Andrew Santamauro January 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I hear you Kim. Who thinks of grinders when they hear Nardelli's? :)
barb January 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
a . p r all gone i think,, i love that store, good luck ayash in yr new bussiness, we need a few good places to eat at,
PHILOMENA CASSIDY January 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I agree totally. Let's hope more people weigh in on this topic and he reads it.
PHILOMENA CASSIDY January 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM
How bout JIMMIES' Name is familiar because of Savin Rock; but far enough away that it shouldn't matter.
BJ Forlenzo January 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
When it comes down to it - if the food is good, it's not going to matter what the name is - people will come. Good luck Jimmy and we will be by when you open to check your food out!
Linda Ramos January 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
It looks that the "name" has created some interest so, I say "Keep It" and it will do you justice. Looking forward to eating at your new place and enjoying the food, and getting to meet the "Ayash Man" . I think it's great! Do It. Make it the original "Ayash Man" . Different is good and to be good is GREAT! I will be bye so we can talk about having the front of your restaurant an Adopt A Spot, you will love the idea.
Linda Ramos January 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I will be by not bye, sorry
Marcia Puc January 14, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I agree with Linda about the name. When I was trying to decide on a name for my business, it was hard to think of something that was "me", would attract business and everyone else liked. Ultimately you have to love it & be proud of it. If you food is great, your staff friendly and you run a clean restaurant, people will come.
Banana Sam January 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Still miss the Franky frank!
John January 16, 2012 at 02:05 AM
So excited! I just told my husband we need a place in town to get a really good salad!! Can't wait to give it a try! As for the name? If the food and service are good, it will become second nature.
citizen January 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Great news for a nice place to eat moving in. I wish them well! It's the quality of food and service that are important to me, not the name.
Craig Zac January 16, 2012 at 03:57 PM
..And you just know the locals will be calling it A**-Man's... It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the name...lol Im not telling this guy what to call his place or not but its just an FIY.. I wont even go into what we used to call "Dutchess" when i t first opened!
Craig Zac January 16, 2012 at 04:00 PM
its closed... Baa Daa BING!!! lol (couldnt help it, sorry!)
Craig Zac January 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
names are funny, you can give it a normal name or one thats so off the wall it becomes a trendy place to eat because everyone wants to say they went there... Lets say a resturaunt opend and it was called something like "Best Burger" safe, probably good burgers, nice place to go for a quick bite... or if it was called "mud burger" or "swamp burger" or "Gutter Burger" it doesnt have quite the flair as Good burger..you may never go there.. even if youre told the food is good. But try something like "The Ugly Burger" Or "Ugly's Burgers" or "Ugly's Diner" and then everyone would want to go there cause it sounds trendy and hip its fun to say "Oh I eat at Ugly's all the time" or "Ugly's has the best burgers in town" ... Of course if Ugly's food is really bad, no one will go there. lol
Linda Ramos January 16, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I say that the Ugly Burger could be like kinda the Big MAC at that McD's place and look how many of those Ugly burgers they have sold....So what's in a name nothing it's what's in the bun that counts. Keep the name and no worries about anything, with all the talk on the Patch, just think what will happen when they open. It will have a line waiting to get in. Names just to mention a few- Obama, Bush, Rice they all have those "names" and they made it in life, so carry on with the NAME!!!!!
Craig Zac January 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
....LOL id rather have a Big mac than a Rice Burger or an Obama Burger (Oburger...lol) but I can see "Bush Burger" kind of fizzeling out.....
SILENT WOLF January 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I personally don't care what you call it. If the place doesn't practice cleanliness you won't see me there. G's BURGERS in Watertown is the only fast food joint, close by that practices wearing gloves when handling food.Many resturants don,t , so I applaud G's Burgers.Mc donalds and burger king have people who wear them , but I lose my appetite with the sight of those workers . some look like they have not showered in days , or washed their dirty clothes .managers alike.
Carly January 17, 2012 at 06:02 AM
I i like eggs.
Craig Zac January 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM
...And Bacon... mmmmmm baaaaacooooonnn..arrrggghhhhh!
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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