The owners of Dundee's Amsterdam Falafel and Kabob are opening a new restaurant right around the corner from their existing one.
Phil Anania and Anne Cavanaugh plan for the French Bulldog to open next spring in a space on Underwood Avenue formerly occupied by Subway.
The duo plan to serve house-cured meat, local cheese, soup, salads, roast chicken and sandwiches at the new restaurant, which will also have a full bar. They've already started demolition on the space, at 5003 Underwood Ave., between eCreamery Ice Cream and Gelato and the Dundee Dell.
When the French Bulldog opens, all the businesses along Underwood Avenue's commercial district will be locally owned, including a number of popular restaurants and bars.
"I'm pleased with the addition of another unique, locally owned business that adds to the character of Dundee," said City Councilman Pete Festersen, whose district includes Dundee. "It's exactly the type of business we're trying to attract."
Anania said part of the plan with the French Bulldog is to keep things local. The restaurant will sell ShadowBrook Farm cheese, made in Lincoln, and make its own charcuterie. Anania and Cavanaugh plan to spend the winter months canning jams and preserving jellies. This fall marks the beginning of butchering and curing meat.
"I think there's room for this in Dundee," Anania said. "We're not trying to copy anyone; we want this to be our own place."
The French Bulldog will offer everything on its menu for takeout.
"We know there's families in Dundee who will want to come in and take food to go," Cavanaugh said.
The two will still run Amsterdam along with the new restaurant.
"Dundee is really becoming a food area," Anania said. "Everyone here has their own personality, but at the heart of it is quality food."