We're not in Frosty's anymore, Toto. Retro Dogz is at 701 Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton.

We're not in Frosty's anymore, Toto. Retro Dogz opens in the next couple weeks at 701 Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton.

“(Customers) can expect the same quality,” says Chris Bortisser, the proprietor of Retro Dogz and former owner of Manette’s August Wynn. But that’s basically the extent of the similarities between his old digs and the hot dog restaurant he and co-owner Michelle Golden have planned for the space formerly inhabited by Frosty’s on Pacific Avenue. They hope to serve their first dogs within the next two weeks.

For this project, Bortisser says he’s all about offering a laid-back hot dog experience with an adventurous array of toppings, weekly specials, and a few other sandwiches — egg salad, tuna salad — that can be served on a hot dog bun. He also plans to bring in black and white cookies and knishes to a menu that will be hardly any longer than that of a street vendor you’d find in Manhattan. “Which is to say, not a whole lot of choices, usually,” Bortisser says.

The floor is nice enough to stomp on.

The floor is nice enough to stomp on.

With Retro Dogz, Bortisser’s entering an already crowded hot dog market, with a pair of stands just outside the PSNS gate on Pacific and the new Dawn at the Docks serving up hot dogs alongside their burgers and shakes. But Frosty’s — which offered soup, sandwiches, and comparable fare to other downtown businesses (we still miss the Reuben, however) — didn’t have a problem keeping the doors open, subsisting largely off of runoff from the Norm Dicks Government Center, and crusty newspaper men and women from nearby Kitsap Sun.

As for relics from his previous restaurants, it sounds like the closest Bortisser’s is getting to recreating one of his signature dishes is for a potential gravy dog, featuring his extremely popular grandma’s gravy that was often sold out when it was offered at his Gov’t Center outpost, and a favorite at August Wynn.

Hey, maybe if it’s popular enough, Bortisser will open his doors in the morning for biscuits, gravy, and coffee?

A few other things Bortisser and I chatted about: Beer (maybe later), RC Cola (yes), breakfast (maybe someday, and maybe in a separate location), cream cheese (yes), Mexican hot dog (yes), do we know what that means? (no)

Yes, he kept the old Frosty's sign.

Yes, he kept the old Frosty's sign.

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