I happened to be driving up Rt. 1 Thursday just before noon looking for my Flo dog quota.
Passed by the original Flo's in York-line out the door.
Before that I passed by the log cabin hut in the Kittery Trading Post parking lot-destined to be a new Flo's, but permits are keeping that site from opening until June.
Next, I happened across another "new" Flo's, in the site formerly occupied by Mike's Clam Shack (and other fried food havens)in Wells.
I am not sure of the business arrangement here (franchise, maybe?), but I didn't recognize any Flo's family members here.
As for the setup, it has a full kitchen as compared to York, and easier parking. The attached dining room is closed. Picnic tables are available.
Dogs are now $2.25 to $3.20 each, with various combinations of chili,cheese,kraut,and bacon. A picture of a Flo dog (with mayo and the special relish) is in the window to avoid confusion. The relish is still on sale for $7.95 a jar. A sign advertises the hot dog brand as Old Neighborhood.
Burgers are now sold-$4.00-$5.25 for various combinations with cheese, chili, and bacon.
Sweet and Hot Sausages are sold from $4.95 to $5.25 each.
Fries and Rings are now sold. A sign is posted saying "all burgers are cooked well done".All food is advertised as being cooked to order.
The parking is a little easier.
I still haven't been to the new Sanford location, so I do not know if this is the blueprint for all new locations.
To me, the dogs looked and tasted exactly the same as the York version. This was to me, the bonus, and the biggest redeeming factor.
At $2.25 each, or $7.22 including tax for 3 Flo dogs (mayo,special relish, and celery salt)-they are not the bargain they used to be.
Slow,slow,slow-they didn't inherit speed from the York location-Gail and her family deliver the food faster. This despite a bigger kitchen and about 7 or 8 people working-during the lunch rush I had to wait 15 minutes for just 3 dogs-don't expect this to be any faster than the original.
My take: I love a Flo dog, period. I will take advantage of the 11AM to 7PM hours of this new location, and order the same dog that I would have in York, without the parking hassle and maybe, someday, faster. If I want a burger, I am definitely not trying this. I will stop at Wild Willys in York, or drive further to Jimbo's in Wells. If I want a sausage, I'll keep driving to the Kennebunk Sausage Company in downtown Kennebunk.
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