Openings and Closings

TD's Dogs set to open on Friday or Saturday

When Todd Regan took over the old Marrakesh space on Blake Street earlier this year, he optimistically planned to open a new restaurant in the space as baseball season got under way. But thanks to "the government," he says, which "wanted to make sure I knew who was in charge," he got pushed back -- way back.

All permitting issues finally cleared up, though, and Regan is finally getting ready to unveil TD's All-American Hot Dogs and Hamburgers this Friday or Saturday, pending a POS system install.

Regan's spent the last six months refurbishing the space, which, he says, is now "light, clean and blue -- and definitely not dingy." The former California resident hung his surfboards on the walls and extended the Golden State's theme behind the bar, where he'll pour tap beer and California-themed cocktails along with Red Bull and vodka, straight from a slushy machine.

But the menu is all-American. "I'm doing hot dogs and hamburgers the best way I can possibly do them," says Regan, who's starting with Hebrew National dogs and topping them with things like pinto beans and bacon crumbles, his own chile recipe or a heart-stopping combo of fries, fried onion wisps, fried jalapeño strips (called Texas toothpicks) and fried macaroni and cheese.

Burgers will get a similar treatment -- Regan promises a long list of condiments -- and one, which is called The Beast, will come crowned with bacon, cheese, chile and a hot dog.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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