The Dog House Grill is now serving in Gypsum |

The Dog House Grill is now serving in Gypsum

Derek Franz
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyJoe Frasco, left, recently opened the Dog House Grill in Gypsum. He envisions his restaurant as a teen hangout and his own teen-age kids Tina, middle, and Nick, also work at the grill.

When the construction and real estate business dropped out, Joe Frasco joked he would have to make a living by selling hot dogs. Now he’s done just that.

The Dog House Grill opened in Gypsum in October at 10663 U.S. Highway 6, the former location of a Panda City Chinese Restaurant.

The Dog House Grill specializes in burgers and hot dogs, sliders, soups and shrimp baskets, and self-serve ice cream. Burgers cost between $4 for a “classic” and $7 for a “Dog House Special,” which has two patties piled with bacon, cheese, onion rings lettuce and tomato.

Frasco said the grill also makes “an unbelievable chicken gouda sandwich.”

“The menu is simple – everyone who walks in knows what it is,” he said. “My mindset when I was preparing it was, ‘Is this food I would feed my kids?'”

Helping to make the food “unbelievable” are two chefs who used to work in Beaver Creek and already live in Gypsum. Additionally, the burgers are certified Angus Beef and the patties are made in-house, while Hebrew National supplies the hot dogs.

The Dog House Grill is near the Eagle Valley and New America high schools, and Frasco opened it with the kids in mind. That’s why its hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The teenagers here don’t have any place to hang out,” he said. “We don’t serve any alcohol here, so it can be a good place for them.”

Frasco’s three teenagers – Tina, Joe and Nick – also work at the grill, while classic “juke box music” completes the atmosphere of a classic American diner. On Tuesday night, a young couple was even sharking a milk shake in a booth.

Frasco hopes to add an outdoor recreation area with a volleyball court behind the restaurant as well. All that might change the meaning of “going to the dog house.”

The restaurant can be reached at 970-524-1660.

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